Navigating Sexual Health Awareness and Literacy
This seminar is designed for professionals who work with the Deaf community: CDI's, Hearing Interpreters, Deaf Ed paraprofessionals, as well as instructors. Health literacy is a broad domain that encompasses knowledge most people glean through incidental learning. The United States in particular provides very little direct K-12 instruction in sexual health as it is rooted in sociopolitical taboo. Yet, sexual health is vital for mental health, physical health, relationships, and child-rearing -- all arenas that are significant contributions to Maslow's hierarchy of needs. Here, we explore how this limited form of literacy for Deaf and hearing people impacts access to communication, understanding, and the promotion of public health literacy. We will walk through data-driven information based on what we know of literacy, what has been found in terms of sexual health literacy, and how we can steer both populations towards the overarching goal of public health literacy and advocacy.
This activity has been approved for 0.25 General Studies RID CEUs.
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RID is providing this workshop as an opportunity for safe, respectful learning and will not permit harassment, discrimination or horizontal violence based on another's comments, questions, schema, race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or any other protected class.
Participants of this workshop will be able to:
1. identify status-quo literacy levels in Deaf and hearing communities,
2. be able to articulate the current barriers of sexual health access, and
3. identify and articulate gaps in learning systems that prevent succession.
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Dr. S. Jordan Wright
Dr. S. Jordan Wright, Ph.D. (he/him/his)
Dr. Wright is a Critical Theorist, Health researcher, and director of the Deaf MetaLiteracy lab at Rochester Institute of Technology's National Technical Institute for the Deaf. The Deaf MetaLiteracy Lab is housed within The Deaf Biomedical Science and Healthcare Hub, which focuses on three strands of inquiry: Health Literacy, Digital Literacy, and Cultural Literacy as they interact with the lives of Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, and Hard of Hearing individuals. Dr. Wright has a strong interest in the intersectional experience of health and technology within the Deaf LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC communities, and presently runs three studies in the arena of sexual health. As a professor of Deaf Studies and literacy, Dr. Wright is a firm believer of bringing research to the classroom which allows students to engage in the world around them beyond the constructs of pedagogical theory. In his free time, Dr. Wright enjoys traveling, is an avid reader, and dad to two fur babies: Savior and Omega.