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A nurse-educator in sex and disability

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This article discusses the role of one nurse in sex education for people who are physically disabled. A class taught to teenagers who are physically disabled is described, as is an HEW training project for special education professionals and parents of children and young people who are physically disabled.

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Correspondence to Ms. Carla E. Thornton M.S..

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Preparation of this article was supported by Department of Health, Education and Welfare grant #G007601869.

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Thornton, C.E. A nurse-educator in sex and disability. Sex Disabil 2, 28–32 (1979). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01101077

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