Erin Basler, MEd is a sexuality educator and disability services professional. Currently, she is the Education Coordinator at The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health, a sexuality education and advocacy non-profit based in Pawtucket, RI and the Disability Outreach Coordinator at New Hope, Inc, a Sexual and Domestic Violence Services agency working towards communities free from violence and exploitation. Erin also spends time nerding out about lube, supporting pleasure in underrepresented populations, reading research, re-watching serial killer shows, and teaching about eugenics–both in a historical context and its current applications.
Erin has been involved in the disabilities field passively since birth and actively since 2006, working in direct care for the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services and Baroco, Inc, a day-habilitation provider in Massachusetts & Connecticut. While working in the disability services field, she became involved with speaking about human rights, encouraging self-advocacy, and supporting LGBTQ visibility for people with IDD.
In 2007, she became involved with the Sexuality Educators Network of Western Mass, a group of professionals working with people of varying levels of intellectual disabilities to encourage and foster whole lives. She believes that giving people the tools to develop successful interpersonal relationships will lead to greater autonomy and self advocacy, while backing away from the oppressive institutional past. Through trial and error, Erin has learned that teaching sexuality and social skills is a fun but humbling task.
After receiving her B.A. Human Services Advocacy from UMASS Amherst in 2011, Erin decided to pursue her M.Ed. in Human Sexuality at Widener University in Chester, PA, and graduated in 2014. Prior to her accidental foray into the disabilities field, Erin studied professional writing for publication at Salem State College in Salem, MA with the hopes of becoming a fact checker and proofreader. While her attention to the finer points of which punctuation goes where may have faded with time, her love of research and facts has not. For Erin, a happy life is an open link to the EBSCO host and a well worded Google search.