The founder of NDDI, Jordan Gemilere, is starting a petition on Change.org for federal legislation that would require every school in the country to teach every student about consent. There are currently only eight states that require K-12 schools to teach consent in sexual education courses. This is a major problem that disproportionately hurts women with developmental disabilities, who have an 83% to 90% chance of being sexually abused at least once in their lifetime.
- Provide schools with extra funding for sexual education and special education. The federal government should fulfill their promise to cover 40% of special education expenses. It is currently covering 14% of special education expenses. Increased federal funding would give schools more resources to customize the consent education material to the communication needs of each student
- Require that schools provide every student with consent education
- Require age-appropriate consent education courses for children that teaches kids good touch, bad touch
- Provide schools with funds for other education expenses that they will only receive when they are in compliance with this policy
- Fund research on best practices for consent education, with a focus on students with special needs to ensure it is meeting each individual’s communication needs
- Provide states that already have this policy with the same benefits to avoid punishing states for having the right policy in place
To sign the petition go to: http://chng.it/GkLKwLq6 We thank you for your support in this fight and we will WIN this fight.
The content of the petition will not change but NDDI will continue to revise our policy suggestions to strengthen them.
This is a small but significant step in combating sexual violence. Thank you for supporting this effort.