Nancy Nowell MPA MEd CSE

Certified Sexuality Educator

Nancy Nowell

Over the course of Ms. Nowell’s career she has worked with people who have disabilities of all ages; from infants through adults, in both residential and school settings, with families and self-advocates.  In recent years she became concerned with the high rate of sexual assault experienced by all people with disabilities and learned how few resources were available.

After graduating with a degree in Human Sexuality Education from Widener University in 2002 she obtained additional training in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), victims of sexual assault, consent, problematic and sexual offending behavior.

Each of these areas requires a specialized knowledge and skills when working with people who have learning or intellectual disabilities, or are on the autism spectrum.  She founded Social Signals to develop educational materials designed that provide a structured, specialized approach to common adolescent and young adult relationship issues.

Ms. Nowell’s Training and Experience

  •  Over 35 years working with children, adolescents, and adults who are on the autism spectrum or have intellectual disabilities.
  •  Masters Degree in Human Sexuality Education
  •  Certified Sexuality Educator
  • Currently teaching in 25 classrooms across the Philadelphia area
  • Nine years teaching middle and high school students who have autism, Asperger’s, and intellectual disabilities about; puberty, boundaries, relationships, understanding your body, sexual abuse risk reduction, relationship rules and laws.
  • 2007 Emerging Professional Award from the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS) and the Foundation for the Scientific Study of Sexuality.