For a long time, it was assumed that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities were not only incapable of having sexual relationships, but also not interested in doing so. This is simply not true – people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have the same wants and needs when it comes to sex and relationships as nondisabled people.

The Sex & Relationships Conversation Cards, produced by CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership, help support staff and people receiving services to initiate conversations about sex and relationships. Through interactive card games, people receiving services can learn about sex and relationships, along with the array of rights and responsibilities involved, as well as supports that can help people along the way.

If you want to purchase these cards, after you click the ‘Buy Now’ button, you will be directed to Cherry Hill – High Tide Press website, where you will make payment and your order will be processed.

Each Set Includes:

  • 60 over-sized playing cards
  • 6 blank cards included for customization
  • 3 categories – topics, rights and responsibilities, and supports
  • 40-page facilitator’s guide with game instructions
  • 18 different topic areas affecting people’s lives
  • 11 different game options for prompting conversation

The accompanying Facilitator’s Guide shares 11 different card game options with instructions, helping participants play together through interactive activities to learn about sex and relationships, along with associated rights, responsibilities, and supports. The card games can be used to initiate conversation, with the Facilitator’s Guide offering detailed information about each topic.

The Sex & Relationships Cards are broken down into three categories including Topics, Rights and Responsibilities, and Supports, with 18 topic areas, each covered in 3 different categories.

18 Topic Areas

  1. Relationship Types
  2. Friendship
  3. Romance and Flirting
  4. Dating
  5. Anatomy and Reproduction
  6. Gender Roles and Gender Identity
  8. Masturbation
  9. Sex
  10. Consent
  11. Safe Sex and STIs
  12. Sexual Abuse, Sexual Assault, and Safety
  13. Rape
  14. Communication
  15. Privacy
  16. Respect
  17. Disagreements with Guardians or Staff
  18. Social Media and Online Safety


This category describes the topic, including its definition where applicable, and important features about the subject matter and what it means.

Rights & Responsibilities

This category includes people’s rights and responsibilities related to the topic, which are considered to be the most critical and relevant.


This category shares approaches and skills that can be used by supporters to assist people with sex and relationships, based on current trends.