PTS finances Privatliv app – relationship information and sex education for young people with functional impairments

09/09/2016

Today marks the launching of the app Privatliv which focuses on youths and young adults with intellectual functional variations. The app has been developed through the project “Application for sex and coexistence education in special schools for functionally impaired children”.

The project is financed by PTS with SEK 3.5 million and is supported within the framework for PTS assignments to strengthen the development of more and better communication solutions for young people with functional impairments.

Privatliv fills a vacuum that exists in the area, both within the special schools and in sex education, since it is a web app that is fully adapted to the target group and can also be used even if the user cannot read or write.

- This app is a clear and good example of how information and communications technology improves the opportunities for people with functional impairments to gain access to information that has previously been limited. Privatliv makes it possible for more young people to take part in sex and coexistence education, and obtain answers to questions regarding relationships and sexuality. It will also be easier for the teachers in special schools to work on questions relating to equality, relationships, sexuality and puberty, says Peter von Wowern, Head of the Unit for Inclusive IT and Telephony at the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority, PTS.

The creators of the app are sex instructors Nathalie Simonsson and Zafire Vrba working in close cooperation with pupils in special schools and the design studio Doberman.

Sex and coexistence education has been a compulsory subject since the 50s but it is only in recent years that more targeted material has begun to be produced. We have been unable to find material that gives the possibilities an app offers. As far as we know, we are the first in the world to produce such extensive and individual-oriented material that is offered on the users’ terms,” says Nathalie Simonsson.

Privatliv is available free of charge and no user account is necessary in order to use it. The app is available via www.mittprivatliv.se.

For further information, please contact:
Adam Rosén, Unit for Inclusive IT and Telephony, PTS
adam.rosen@pts.se, tel: +46(0)73-640 58 49
PTS press service, tel: +46(0)8-678 55 55

 

For information on the actual Privatliv app, please contact:
Nathalie Simonsson, nathalie.simonsson@gmail.com, tel: sexual education+46(0)70-476 36 40
Zafire Vrba, zafire.vrba@gmail.com, tel: +46(0)70-234 57 22