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Project SHINE

The Sexual Health Innovation Network for Equitable Education with Youth with Intellectual Disabilities 

Project SHINE Vision

People with disabilities deserve access to the fullest range of sexual and reproductive health information and care they need and want. Project SHINE envisions a world where youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities have equitable access to high-quality information and affordable health care, with supportive laws and policies that ensure the greatest autonomy and informed sexual well-being possible across the lifespan. 

Our Goals

Over three years, the SHINE Network will work to address inequities in sexual health  by ensuring accessible education and health services for youth with intellectual and developmental disability ages 16-24 and the people who support them.

To create innovative and easily accessible sexual health tools the Network will seek the meaningful input of: 

Youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities 

Their parents or other family caregivers 

Professionals and educators who support and educate youth 

Policy and academic experts in the field 

Our Plan for Innovation and Impact

Center Equity

Ensure health equity is centered throughout every step of the process


Year 1

Form Network and Advisory Board

Conduct formative research to identify the gaps in the sex ed and disability field

Create a plan for developing new and innovative sex ed tools

Year 2

Work with self-advocates and designers to create innovative sex ed tools 

Year 3

Pilot and evaluate tools 

Share findings and tools


The project described is supported by grant number 1 TP2AH000068-01-00 from the HHS Office of Population Affairs. Contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Department of Health and Human Services or the Office of Population Affairs.