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Behaviour Self!

By Dave Hingsburger Dave writes about the importance of understanding behaviour messages from people with developmental disabilities in a straight forward yet humorous fashion. This book gives insight to parents and staff with new ways on how to get the message right! Never has behaviour programming been this much fun!



By Dave Hingsburger From his experiences, Dave discusses ideas about how we should be teaching people who have come to fear learning and expect failure. A continuation of the behaviour series.


Finger Tips

A guide for teaching about female masturbation By Dave Hingsburger and Sandra Haar This book and DVD set is aimed at teaching women with developmental disabilities about masturbation. It also confronts typical myths about female sexuality. A gentle, positive film that is clear, graphic and dignified. The book includes a step by step photographic essay about masturbation, and the joy of private time.


First Contact

By Dave Hingsburger This unique book is written especially for those who work directly with individuals who have significant developmental disabilities.  First Contact is an honest discussion of both humanity and uniqueness.  


Four Sight

By Dick Sobsey, Cal Montgomery, Dan Wilkins, Dave Hingsburger Four Sight may be the most controversial book you will read this year.  Four writers from the different aspects of the disability community look into the future.  They discuss the tolerance in society for violence against people with disabilities.  Further, they take on the real life and death issues that people with disabilities face.  You will be informed and angered...the writers hope this will move you to action.


Hand Made Love

Guide For Teaching About Male Masturbation By Dave Hingsburger This book and DVD set discusses privacy, pleasure and the realities of sharing living spaces with others. The narrator of the DVD talks about myths and suggests that masturbation can be a way of learning about sex, while the book discusses masturbation from the point of view of both health and pleasure.


Handbook of mental health care for persons with developmental disabilities

By Ruth Ryan MD Persons with developmental disabilities are vulnerable to the same mental health conditions as other people, and all forms of treatment, including psychotherapy can be effective. Ruth Ryan is a psychiatrist who works directly with people with developmental disabilities with complex needs. Her book provides practical, doable, approaches for individuals who have a high need for extraordinary care.

Home Safe by David Hingsburger

Home Safe

By David Hingsburger The goal of every service agency providing care is for people to grow and develop in an atmosphere of trust. However the disturbing statistics regarding abuse of people with disabilities by care providers means that we have a long way to go. This little booklet will give practical advice for what to do when abuse occurs. It also outlines the kinds of abuse that may happen and possible indicators to watch out for. The aim of the book is that everyone gets to be at home. Safe.


In: Difference — A little book about diversity

By Michael Soucie, Astra Milberg and Dave Hingsburger "Powerful," "inspiring," "challenging" are words that have been used to describe the articles in this little book. Astra Milberg is a woman with Down Syndrome who has a powerful voice, her article, "letter to a baby" has Inspired thousands of people. Michael Souciets article, "In a Moments Notice" has been called one of the best essays written in Canada. Dave Hingsburger is a well known writer in disability issues.


Just Say Know!

By Dave Hingsburger This book explores the victimization of people with disabilities and helps reduce the risk of sexual assault. The ring of safety presents the skills to teach people with disabilities to enable them to protect themselves. The book also presents a new way of looking at the indicators of sexual abuse in the population of people who have developmental disabilities.


No! How!!!

Co-written by Dave Hingsburger For too long others have determined what people with disabilities need to know to stop victimization. This video involved people with disabilities in acting, writing, producing and directing a film aimed at others with disabilities. From discussing disability to teaching boundaries and body parts, people with disabilities take the lead.


Power Tools

By Dave Hingsburger A forty page book written for direct care providers. Power Tools challenges the reader to constantly evaluate their use of power when serving people who have disabilities. It is at turns comfortable and at turns reassuring. Written with warmth and humour, it’s a must read for all direct care staff.


Real Eyes

By Dave Hingsburger and Ruth Ryan On a ride from a hotel to an airport, Ruth and Dave began to swap stories. As they relaxed into the conversation what became more important than the stories were the morals, the lessons that they drew from their experiences. On arrival at the airport they had each been changed by the power of the other's story. This book attempts to capture the sense of intimacy and honesty they shared with each other that day. It is hoped that this book will be a resource to new staff and a challenge to those more "seasoned".


Tall Tales: Self esteem and people with developmental disabilities

Audio Lecture Tape By Dave Hingsburger This three hour lecture describes a means of increasing meaning and purpose in the life of people with developmental disabilities. Self esteem is never far behind. Recorded live, Dave is at his best mixing old stories and new. Inspiration that informs. A remarkable achievement. The portrait of Dave was done by Jamie Ham, an artist with Down Syndrome. It was done during a lecture that Dave gave in Philadelphia.


The “R” Word

by David Hingsburger This little book suggests that there are ways that we can help people with disabilities understand teasing and bullying. It also suggests new strategies for dealing with mean people. Further, this little book will help parents and staff support an individual with a disability who is being bullied.


The Ethics of Touch

Establishing and Maintaining Appropriate Boundaries In Service to People with Developmental Disabilities By Dave Hingsburger and Mary Harber All human beings need touch. We need to be held. We need to hold. This training package looks at the delicate issue of touch. Those who provide direct care to people with developmental disabilities are often asked to be in private places performing intimate services. From bathing to toiletting to dressing, we are necessarily in close proximity to those we serve. Given this situation, it is imperative that staff be aware of how to provide these services while maintaining appropriate professional boundaries. How do we appropriately express affection toward those we serve? This DVD suggests new and healthy ways of helping people with disabilities fulfill their deepest needs. The package includes over 2 hours of lecture on 'touch', 'privacy' and 'boundaries' by renowned trainer Dave Hingsburger and a manual, co-authored by Mary Harber of the Sexual Health Resource Network, which staff can use to participate in the training.


The Key

By David Hingsburger, Manuela Dalla Nora and Susan Tough When it comes to supporting people with intellectual disabilities who sexually offend, there are two main concerns. How do you provide treatment that is effective? How do you provide a residential support system that ensures opportunities for learning and growth in an environment of safety and security? In this unique book two agencies, a treatment agency and a residential service agency, come together to discuss how to do both those things well. Together they have crafted a book that is unique. The book is written in a conversational voice full of clinical insight and practical ”how to’s”. It’s approachable format is full of examples and provides the reader with a good working knowledge of how treatment and placement work together effectively. This exciting book ensures that people with disabilities who offend have hopes that one day through treatment they will have a “key” to a future of hope and healthy relationships.


The Whole Truth

An Abuse Prevention Programme for People with Intellectual Disabilities By David Hingsburger and Joe Jobes 2 disc and book set This is a training programme to help people with disabilities recognize and report boundary transgressions which lead to abuse. It also teaches people with disabilities how to report abuse and what happens thereafter. Its aim is to ensure that people with disabilities are fully aware of their rights and responsibilities as mature citizens. The Whole Truth involved people with disabilities as teachers and provides strong peer role models. Beginning with hiring of a staff, through molestation of one individual and the rape of another, to reporting to police and under going a rape test to testifying in court. People with disabilities will learn to identify abuse and how to effectively deal with it.


Under Cover Dick

A Guide For Teaching About Condom Use Through Video And Understanding By Dave Hingsburger This book and DVD set provides clear direction regarding condom use. The DVD discusses disease transmission as well as demonstrates how to wear a condom, plus the book includes photographs of each step involved.


Who Do We Serve

With David Hingsburger >This lecture deals with supporting people with intellectual disabilities who have committed sexual crimes. Who do we serve first in a community setting? Do we serve the individual first or do we serve the community?


Ya Got People

By Carolyn S. Bowling and Jeffrey W. Wilder Grief, loss, bereavement for people with intellectual disabilities is a subject of growing concern. There was a time when it was believed that people with disabilities didn't have the insight, the capacity or the right to grieve. More and more, however, the issue of loss is evident in the lives of those with disabilities. This book aims at providing the reader with insight into the issue of grief for those in care as well as teaches approaches to compassionately support an individual with a disability suffering a loss. The book has an incredible wit, and even humour, as it uses examples and stories to teach.