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Sexuality and Disability
Transcript of Sexuality and Disability
uality & Disability
Children & Adolescent Sexuality
Women & Reproduction
Access to Services
Sexuality across the
Sexuality in the field
As a practitioner...
Facilitate partnership & Intimacy
Information sessions for clients and staff
Agency Protocols and Regulations
Case # 3
People with a disability are asexual
People with a disability are not able to find a romantic partner
People with a cognitive disability can learn about sex and how to practice safe sex
(Milligan & Neufeldt, 2001)
Sex is only experienced through penetration
(Naphtali, MacHattie, & Elliot, 2010)
People with a cognitive disability are impulsive in regards to sex
Finding a partner
Used to elevate your back to provide comfort and support.
Lying on the side:
Ideal for individuals with arthritis and degenerative joint disease.
Less painful for individuals who have weak bones and joints.
The position requires less endurance.
Partner on top:
Ideal when 1 partner is in a wheelchair.
More comfortable to remove the wheelchair armrests.
For individuals with limited functioning in their hands.
Velcro strap around hand that can hold sexual devices
Device for males who are paraplegic.
Creates a rocking motion to be able to stimulate your partner.
Device for individuals with limited mobility in their fingers or hands.
used to stimulate partner
(Kaufman, Silverberg, & Odette, 2003)
Stimulating Other Body Parts
Sex is more than penetration
Sensation in earlobes, breasts, & hands.
Finding a Partner
Sex Workers and Sex Therapies
How would you define
Types of Abuse
Systemic & Institutional Abuse
Characteristics of Abuse
Why do you think People with Disabilities are more at risk for sexual abuse?
Indicators of Abuse
How many people with disabilities are abused worldwide?
Let's list different people that can be sexual abusers...
Barriers to Disclosure
Preventing Sexual Abuse
Public vs Private
Differences & Similarities
Head & Spinal Cord Injuries
Avoiding Social Situations
Cognitive Disabilities & Sexuality
Areas of the brain & effect on sexuality
Myths & Adaptations
Sexuality and Education
15 Minute Break
Sexuality Across the Lifespan
Sexuality & Disability + TR
Use of other senses
Opportunities for social learning
Reinforcement from peers & socialization to generalize and validate information learned
Talking books, large print books, books in braille
Autism Spectrum Disorder (PDD)
Functional & practical situations (incidental teaching)
Example, an individual reaches out and touches a female’s breasts while gesturing or speaking
Show a picture book with illustrations of his social/sexual circle for inappropriate touch
Generalization is often a problem
Spinal Cord Injury
Many men and women are counseled to focus on improving their sexual arousal rather than on achieving orgasm.
Tepper, S. M. (1999). Letting go of restrictive notions of manhood: Male sexuality, disability, and chronic illness. Sexuality and Disability. 17(1). Retrieved from Retrieved from http:// download.springer.com/static/pdf/114/art%253A10.1023%252FA %253A1021451712988.pdf?auth66=1385657703_ac1de6efbff1199 17a29b64476046aa1&ext=.pdf
Q & A