Walker-Hirsch is an internationally recognized educational consultant
who specializes in social and sexual development for individuals
with intellectual disabilities. She is a dynamic and stimulating
lecturer and is the co-creator of the widely used CIRCLES
curriculum series, multi-media teaching materials for improving
social competence and judgment, that is designed especially to address
the learning styles of youth and adults with cognitive disabilities.
She teaches in the Graduate School of Educational Specialties at
The University of New Mexico.
Her most recent publication is as a contributing
author in Down Syndrome: Visions
for the 21st Century, Chapter 22, “Building Relationships/Social
and Sexual Development”. She is a contributing author in the
AAMR book, A Guide to Consent,
Chapter 4, “Consent to Sexual Activity”, which has been
a groundbreaking one. Many articles in highly regarded journals
and newsletters add to her credentials.
Leslie Walker-Hirsch has earned fellowship status
in the American Association on Mental Retardation (AAMR). She is
the founder and former chairperson of the AAMR Special Interest
Group on Social and Sexual Concerns. Recently she is concluding
her term of office as President of the General Division of the AAMR.
Leslie Walker-Hirsch serves on the National Clinical
Advisory Board of the National Down Syndrome Society, advising and
supporting parents and professionals who serve teens and adults
with Down syndrome on issues pertaining to social development and
Leslie Walker-Hirsch serves on the Procter and
Gamble panel of experts for 8th grade. She has been a speaker at
professional trainings across the US and abroad, including The President’s
Committee on Mental Retardation Next Generation Leadership Forum,
among countless others.
Leslie Walker-Hirsch has an Individualized Master’s
Degree in Special Education and Administration. She consults to
schools, agencies and states to assist individuals with intellectual
disabilities, their families and the professionals who support them
on issues related to developing social competence and sexual safety.
She is married, has three children, two grandchildren,
a dog and a cat. She has her office and lives happily in Yorktown
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