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Sexuality and Disabilities


There’s no doubt that disabilities, for those living with them, have an impact on sexuality and on an individuals sex life. But what’s hard for people who don’t live with disabilities to understand is that the relationship between disabilities and sexuality isn’t simple, and isn’t always a negative one.

Disabilities may be a big part of someone’s life or a small part, and many people living with disabilities talk and write about how their disabilities enrich their lives, including their sex lives. If this sounds unlikely to you, read on, as you’re not alone in knowing relatively little about disabilities and sexuality.

Myths About Disabilities and Sexuality

Most cultures in the world are relatively afraid of people living with disabilities. People living with disabilities are shut away, kept apart, denied basic rights to education, employment, housing, and sexual health. The many pervasive myths about sexuality and disabilities support maintaining the status quo, which is a situation we all lose out on.

How Disabilities May Impact Sexuality

People who live with disabilities are individuals, and their experience of sex living with disabilities is individual. That said, there are systemic barriers in society, and in the education, financial, and health care systems that impact people with disabilities in very similar ways, making the struggle for sexual expression when you live with disabilities, a difficult and shared experience.

Adapting Sex Toys for Various Disabilities

One of the barriers to sexual expression for people living with disabilities is a lack of options and variety in the way you can experiment with your sexuality. Sex toys are just one way to explore your sexual response and possibilities for sexual pleasure, and adapting them to different disabilities usually just takes some creativity and co-operation.

Sex and Disabilities Resources

Because sexuality is so unique in the way it’s experienced and in what people want from a sexual experience, I would argue that science and medicine have less to offer people with disabilities looking to explore sex than what they can learn from others living with disabilities who are out there being sexual and sharing their experiences. Many of these resources fall into the latter category and all are highly recommended.
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