Sexuality and Disability

Sexuality is a subject which is often ignored by staff working with disabled adults. Yet sex is a basic human need, it's programmed into our DNA to ensure the survival of our species. Various behavioural issues can stem from someone being deprived of intimacy and sex. In fact, depriving a disabled person access to the same rights as other members of society is a violation of the Equality Act 2010. When it comes to the subject of relationships and sex for a disabled adult, many carers, families, workers and professionals shy away and completely avoid talking about it. This can stem from a lack of understanding, awareness and knowledge of the subject. Below is a list of various websites that will hopefully help answer some of the questions you may have.

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To read the Equality Act 2010 Click Here

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Helpful Information

 

SHADA 

Formed in 2005 by the Outsiders Trust. They bring together professionals who work with disabled people and may be struggling to support them in their sexual expression. SHADA share their work with the aim to empower you to support disabled people in their sex and relationship needs.

www.shada.org.uk

 

Outsiders

Offer support and expertise on disability, relationships and sexuality. Outsiders run a uniquely prestigious international private club for socially and physically disabled people, where members offer each other peer support and friendship, and many find love and happiness. They have lunches for members around the country. Outsiders also run the Sex and Disability Helpline, the Sexual Health and Disability Alliance for health and social care professionals, a sexual advocacy services and an online resource called the Sexual Respect Tool Kit. Outsiders also campaign for disabled people to be accepted as sexual, and to receive good sex and disability education.

www.outsiders.org.uk

 

TLC Trust

Connecting disabled men & women to responsible sex workers & professional sexual advocates”

On the TLC Trust website find opportunities, advice and support for disabled men and women so they can find appropriate sexual and therapeutic services.

www.tlc-trust.org.uk

 

Spokz

Provide disability sports accessories, lifestyle equipment and wellbeing services. Setup by Steve Dent who has been disabled for over 20 years due to a spinal injury “Our aim is to provide exciting, innovative products and make them available to all.”

Spokz’ mission is to enhance the lives of those with disabilities through lifestyle, leisure and sports products and services aimed at enhancing a persons’ physical, mental and sexual wellbeing, at affordable prices and with good old-fashioned customer service.

www.spokz.co.uk

 

Accessible Sexuality

A group of people who are all very open and honest about themselves and committed to making Accessible Sexuality a place where people can talk openly and intimately as well as find information and support, without judgment and with total acceptance.

www.accessiblesexuality.co.uk

 

Disability Now

Website offering advice on a wide range of areas affecting disability including relationships and sexuality.

www.disabilitynow.org.uk

 

Enabled Dating

“Specialising in matchmaking for disabled people allows us to move beyond the disability, the conversation doesn’t have to start with explaining what condition you have. Specialising frees us to provide a great platform for people to meet, build relationships and feel great about themselves.”

http://www.enabledating.co.uk/

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