Subject: strictly fyi: online sex ed option, disorders of sex development, early & delayed puberty, sex ed
From: "Reis, Beth" <>
Date: 3/28/2012 3:24 PM

Dear Safe Schools Coalition Members and Friends:


(1) New, brief online sex ed option can help teachers check how current and accurate your knowledge is and could be used for students who opted out of a sex ed unit!

(2) Accord Alliance has updated their web site (since last I checked) – learn more about Disorders of Sex Development (DSDs) at their FAQ page

(3) University of Michigan podcasts on DSDs (formerly called “intersex conditions”) and on early and delayed puberty

(4) pending and current legislation throughout the U.S. re: sexuality education in schools




(1) New, brief online sex ed option can help teachers check how current and accurate your knowledge is and could be used for students who opted out of a sex ed unit!


March 23, 2012

"I had sex education, but it was mainly about 'how to say no.' I never really learned about contraception."
"We weren't allowed to discuss lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues in my sex ed class."
"Once I started advocating for sexual health I found out how much I didn't know!'


In the era of abstinence-only programs, and in a culture where shame and fear around sexuality are the norm, too many of us didn't get enough info about sex, sexuality, and relationships. Yet an advocate for sexual health and rights needs a solid grasp of the facts, not only to make their arguments credible, but also because they often serve as a resource for friends who need their questions answered.

That's why Advocates for Youth is pleased to announce the
launch of YAN 101 (Youth Activist Network 101), our series of online education modules on adolescent reproductive health and rights. YAN 101 was conceived to help young people fill in the gaps in their sexuality education and prepare them to become well-informed sexual health activists. Each lesson provides basic information about an important topic, like contraception, healthy relationships, HIV and STIs, abortion, cultural competency, and more. Young people can complete the lessons at their own pace, and at the end, if they complete all of the lessons and a final exam, they're eligible to receive a certificate in Sexual Health and Rights Activism.

YAN 101 is a great tool for young people or anyone who is interested in learning more about reproductive and sexual health. Or, if you already know it all, prove it!
Visit to check out the lessons yourself!

Julia Reticker-Flynn
Youth Activist Network Manager
Advocates for Youth




(2) Accord Alliance has updated their web site (since last I checked) – learn more about Disorders of Sex Development (DSDs) at their FAQ page


Go to for answers to these questions:

What is Accord Alliance's Mission?

Who are the leaders of Accord Alliance?

How does Accord Alliance differ from other non-profit DSD groups?

How can I help Accord Alliance?

What are disorders of sex development (DSD)?

Does everyone labeled as having a DSD have a more specific medical diagnosis?

What’s useful about the terminology of DSD? What’s unhelpful?

Is DSD the same as intersex or the same as hermaphroditism?

Is DSD the same as transgender?

How common are these conditions?

Why hasn’t everyone heard of DSD?

What does Accord Alliance recommend for the care of people with DSD?

What does quality pediatric care for DSD look like?

What is shared decision-making?

What is the American Academy of Pediatrics’ stance on the treatment of DSD?

Why is there a disconnect between AAP recommendations and what exists for families?

What are major recent changes in terms of “standard of care” for various DSD?

What challenges do teams treating DSD face in moving toward a better model of care?

What should clinicians and parents know about informed consent for DSD care?

Why does a newborn with atypical genitalia need medical screening?

What is the medical consensus on the use of prenatal dexamethasone for CAH?

How do I find a specialist for my child who has a DSD?

How do I find a specialist for myself, as a person with a DSD?

How many conditions count as DSD?

Which DSD involve known medical risks?

What are “ambiguous genitalia”?

What is clitoromegaly?

What is hypospadias?

What is “micropenis”?

What is aphalia?

What is androgen insensitivity syndrome (AIS)?

What is congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH), and is it a DSD?

What is cloacal exstrophy, and is it a DSD?

What is Klinefelter syndrome?

What is Kallman syndrome, or hypothalamic hypogonadism?

What is Turner syndrome?

What is Swyer syndrome?

What is persistent Mullerian duct syndrome (PMDS)?

What is progestin-induced virilization?

What is sex-chromosome mosaicism?

What are ovotestes?

What is gonadal dysgenesis?

What is gonadal agenesis?

What is vaginal agenesis?

What is MRKH syndrome?

What is “hermaphroditism”?

What are the differences between sex, gender, and sexual orientation?

Does having a DSD make a person transgender?

Why does hearing about sex anomalies make some people upset?

Does having a Y chromosome make you a man? Does lacking one make you a woman?

Why do some women athletes find themselves having their sex called into question?

Is a woman athlete with a DSD really a man?

Can a person with a DSD find love, partner with someone, and have children?

Can these conditions be inherited or environmentally caused?

How can I, as a clinician or clinician-in-training, learn more about DSD?

How can I, as a parent of a child with a DSD, learn more and connect with other parents?

Is there an animation that explains more about sex development?

How do I find out if there is a support group for my or my child’s specific DSD?

How can I invite a representative of Accord Alliance to speak at our medical institution?

Where can I read more about providing optimal care for children with DSD?




(3) University of Michigan podcasts on DSDs (formerly called “intersex conditions”) and on early and delayed puberty


Podcasts on DSD (available in two sections, part 1 and part 2), on delayed puberty, and on early puberty.




(4) pending and current legislation throughout the U.S. re: sexuality education in schools


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