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Disability: Sex, relationships and pleasure

October 19th, 2009

Dr Petra

Those of you working in health or social care, or education may be interested in the forthcoming conference ‘Disability: sex, relationships and pleasure’.

It’s taking place at the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM), London, on Friday 13th November 2009.

The aim of the one day conference is to provide answers to the questions every Health and Care Professional working with people with disabilities needs to ask.

The programme includes workshops tackling the law in relation to providing sex information and sexual services to disabled people, reflections on policy development, and a new model of practice for staff working in disability services.

There will be a particular focus on evidence based practice, plus presentations and performances from disabled people who will share their experiences, answer questions, and make recommendations for policy and practice.

Frequently people working in health or social care who have disabled clients are unsure what to do in relation to sex and relationships issue. Relationships may be discouraged, sexuality overlooked, sexual pleasure ignored and sexual rights compromised. Healthcare providers may assume their disabled clients are not sexual, or won’t be able to experience pleasure, or be too worried about criticism or legal repercussions to offer support which might range from providing a sex toy or a sex surrogate.

This conference will talk frankly about disabled people’s rights and desires, with a focus on problem solving and identifying solutions in a sex positive way.

A full programme (including conference rates and venue information) can be found here.

Places are limited and are going fast, so if you are interested do make your booking asap. Booking form is here.

The Sexual Health and Disability Alliance (SHADA) are co-hosting this conference and are keen to identify what training needs health and social care workers have in relation to sex and disability. So if you have any views on this issue do feel free to complete their online survey.


Please circulate this information to anyone you know working in the area of health/care who have clients with disabilities.

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