Sexuality & Disabilities
Sexuality & Disability. These terms almost seem at odds with one another. Unfortunately, there is the prevailing belief that someone who is disabled, or differently-abled, not only does not have a sex life, but is not a sexual being at all. Nothing could be further from the truth.
This presentation offers personal information from educators with physical and mental disabilities, both visible and invisible. They discuss the realities of how sexuality and disabilities can and do work in real situations. They answer questions about the importance of discussing this topic, how to break down the stereotypes of disabled persons as asexual, and how disabled and able-bodied persons can change how we perceive sex and sexuality. A frank and open discussion, this presentation will enlighten and broaden your perspective of the diversity of human sexuality.
This presentation includes personal discussions, including information about physical and psychological concerns, the history and myth of the disabled, how parents play a role in the sexual development of a disabled person, and most importantly, how all sexual issues are human issues, not specifically a disabled person’s issues. This presentation can take 45 minutes to an hour or more, depending on the size and needs of the group. We highly encourage attendees to be open, honest, and curious.
We highly recommend this presentation for all courses covering material on gender, identity, sexuality, orientation, deviance, disabilities, socialization, and development as well as for workplaces, therapists, counselors, and social workers needing exposure to potential disabled, yet sexually active, clients.