About Erin

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Currently, she is the Disability Outreach Coordinator at New Hope, Inc, a Sexual and Domestic Violence Services agency working towards communities free from violence and exploitation in Southeast Massachusetts, and an educator-for-hire at The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health, a sexuality education and advocacy non-profit based in Pawtucket, RI.

Erin’s hobbies, if you can call them that, include reading research, re-watching serial killer shows, taking college courses for no credit, and teaching about eugenics through the lenses of contemporary practice and historical context. She is giving serious consideration to picking up a PhD program so the hobbies have a tangible outcome. Erin promises she is fun at parties…

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Presentations

National Sex Ed Conference (2014, 2016)

The Healthy Teen Network Conference (2016, 2017)

Partners in Sex Education Community Building Conference (2013, 2016)

The Mensa Annual Gathering (2017)

Your college campus with the Study Sex College Tour (2015-2018)

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Guest Lecture Topics

  • Eugenics
  • Human Sexuality
  • Sexuality and disability
  • Human rights and Intellectual Disability History
  • Intersectionality (especially in the realm of white privilege)
  • Sexual Pleasure and its importance
  • Domestic Violence
  • Sexual Violence
  • Trauma
  • Adaptive education

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Erin has been involved in the disabilities field passively since birth and actively since 2006, working in direct care for the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services and Baroco, Inc, a day-habilitation provider in Massachusetts & Connecticut. While working in the disability services field, she became involved with speaking about human rights, encouraging advocacy, and supporting LGBTQ visibility for people with IDD.

In 2007, she became involved with the Sexuality Educators Network of Western Mass, a group of professionals working with people of varying levels of intellectual disabilities to encourage and foster whole lives. She believes that giving people the tools to develop successful interpersonal relationships will lead to greater autonomy and advocacy, while backing away from the oppressive institutional past. Through trial and error, Erin has learned that teaching sexuality and social skills is a fun but humbling task.

Erin received a B.A. in Human Services Advocacy from UMASS Amherst in 2011 and M.Ed. in Human Sexuality at Widener University in Chester, PA, in 2014. Prior to her accidental foray into the disabilities field, Erin studied professional writing for publication at Salem State College in Salem, MA with the hopes of becoming a fact checker and proofreader. While her attention to the finer points of which punctuation goes where may have faded with time, her love of research and facts has not. For Erin, a happy life is an open link to the EBSCO host and a well worded Google search.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]