XVIII International AIDS Conference


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Integration of handicapped young people in AIDS prevention workshops

L. Espinosa Gómez

CODISE, A. C., Youth Program, Guadalajara, Mexico

Issues: Around 41,000 handicapped (either visual, hearing or motor) students are currently enrolled in Mexican Universities; they are part of the Mexican youth which represents 50% of the new AIDS diagnostics. Nevertheless, there is not a single educative tool designed for their integration into the prophylactic workshops.
Description: A research was conducted, sampling hearing, visually and motor impaired students from Jalisco state Universities. Their learning habits and behavior were analyzed aiming to develop a solution for their communication barriers and to adapt them into material useful for AIDS prevention. Communication technologies and social networks were combined trying to fully integrate hearing impaired students to the prevention schemes intended for non-impaired young's and to facilitate the reproducibility among peers. 18 young people who lead aids prevention workshops from different Latin-American countries was interviewed for this research plus 2 adult especial guest.
Lessons learned: Hearing impaired youngsters can easily integrate into the educative arena of the “non handicapped” ones, this helps in the behavioral changes and facilitates learning and knowledge replication using alternate communication channels. Youngsters without any handicap grow a feeling of respect towards their handicapped peers.
Next steps: This is the beginning towards the development of an educative tool which will generate changes towards AIDS prevention in hearing impaired young adults (15-29 years), this analysis will later be extended to such population visually and hearing impaired to develop more products who can help us to integrate young people on the same educational place.

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