The rights of people with ASD to sexuality and interpersonal relationships are as important, if not more important, than any other basic human rights. Unfortunately their needs in this area often go unmet. Parents must assure that their children with ASD receive the basic information that they need in this area, even though it might be uncomfortable at times.
In addition, professionals must step up and get involved by informing themselves and assuring that their training programs are providing adequate experience and information for those in their field charged with the responsibility of helping their clients to learn about their rights to sexuality and close interpersonal relationships and exercising them.
-Prof Gary Mesibov
Gary Mesibov, PhD is a Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For almost 20, years, he served as the Director of Division TEACCH, the internationally recognized program pioneering approaches to service, treatment, training, research, and the education of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Dr. Mesibov has written books, journal articles, editorials, and research papers focusing on all aspects of autism and developmental disabilities.