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Sex and Disability Resources

Links to sex and disability websites, books, organizations, and services across North America and around the world.

Sexual Health and Disability Alliance
SHADA was formed in 2005 by the Outsiders Trust to bring together professionals who work with disabled people and empower us to support disabled people in their sex and relationship needs.

Outsiders Practical Suggestions
OUTSIDERS is a UK based self-help community providing regular mailings, and unthreatening events where people meet up and practice socialising. Members appreciate a club where they are totally accepted, and some of the most amazing relationships have been formed. Unbashedly sexual, and they have developed this information book on sexuality and disability called Practical Suggestions.

Sexuality and Disability.org
A collaboration between two organizations, Point of View and CREA, this site focuses on women with disabilities and "is constructed as a bunch of questions a woman with a disability might have - about her body, about the mechanics and dynamics of having sex, about the complexities of being in an intimate relationship or having children, about unvoiced fears or experiences of encountering abuse in some form."

Sexuality and Access Project
This is an ongoing non-profit research and community development project that seeks to start conversations about sexuality and disability, with a focus on personal support/attendant service relationships. The project completed the first survey of people who use and provide support asking questions about sexuality and sexual health. [Note: the Sexuality Guide is involved in this project].

Sexuality and Disability Webliography
The BC Coalition of People with Disabilities created this excellent collection of online, print & video resources related to sexuality and disability in 2002. Covers a wide range of disabilities & chronic illnesses, as well as LGBT issues. This is a pdf file and you'll need acrobat to view it.

National Youth Leadership Network - Sexuality Resources
This national organization has a mandate "to build power and community among youth with disabilities". Their site is full of great resources, including this page specific to sexuality.

Sex and Disability Links from BigEye.com
BigEye is a site that offers links to a wide range of sites, from medical information to pop culture sex tips. They break down the links by disability with content on various cancers, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, and more.

Disability Sex Position Videos
Mitchell Tepper, an author and educator whose work focuses on issues around sexuality and disability, has produced a series of videos discussing and demonstrating (with clothes on) a variety of sex positions as well as covering other issues related to pleasure and intimacy.

Sexuality and Arthritis
An excellent resource from the University of Washington. Includes ideas on sexual positioning, body image, and sexual communication all with a focus on people living with arthritis.

Sexuality and Cystic Fibrosis: Information for Adolescents
A good general information brochure on sexuality and cystic fibrosis for teens from the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Sexuality, Fertility and Cystic Fibrosis: Information for Adults
A good general information brochure on sexuality and cystic fibrosis for adults from the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Speak Up - Resources for AAC users
The Speak Up project was designed to give people who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) the words and pictures they need in order to communicate about and express their sexuality. They have developed both the words and pictures and an excellent resource kit for people who use AAC.

Deaf Queer Resource Center
The Deaf Queer Resource Center (DQRC) is a national nonprofit resource and information center for, by and about the Deaf Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Intersex and Questioning communities.

SexAbility Blog
This is a group blog that describes itself this way: "A blog dedicated to the issues of Sexuality and Disability and...anything in the least bit related to it, political and personal and the personal that is political! Rants, musings, ramblings, braggings, articles, a hodgepodge of things, with a "Queer" slant."

Feminist Response in Disability Activism (F.R.I.D.A)
A Chicago-based feminist disability rights group founded in 2005. From their site, "We are all about taking action and building an international network of like-minded folks who care about feminism and disability rights. Sick and tired of gender-based disability discrimination? Then FRIDA is for you."

The Ultimate Guide to Sex and Disability
A practical guide to all aspects of sexuality from a disability centered perspective. One of the authors of this book is also About.com's sexuality guide.

Enabling Romance
This book focuses on heterosexual couples and covers issues of sexuality in relationships by disability type.

Diverse City Press
Diverse City Press produces and distributes inspiring and informational books, audio CD's and video tapes, dealing with persons with developmental disabilities, and a range of social issues, including several on the topic of sexuality.

Come As You Are Sexuality and Disability Resources
Come As You Are is a sex toy store that offers many resources for people living with disabilities. Their website includes information on sex and disability and adapting sex toys, and they are a free resource for anyone looking for more information on a specific subject related to sex and disability. [Disclosure note: the About.com Sexuality Guide is a former worker-owner of Come As You Are]

Sex and Disability from MyPleasure.com
MyPleasure.com is an online sex shop with a long standing commitment to disability issues and sex education. They have lots of practical well written content on everything from dating to adapting sex toys.

Disability Hook Up
This is a new Yahoo group with the mandate of being about hooking up and not just about being friends or finding support. It just started, and seems promising for people who aren't looking just for friends.

Blind Friends of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People
From their website: "the purpose of Blind Friends of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People (BFLAG) is to provide for the betterment of the lives of those who are visually impaired and who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

Sins Invalid
Sins Invalid is a performance project that explores the themes of sexuality, embodiment and the disabled body. Conceived and led by disabled people of color, their website is full of amazing videos and photos of performances.

Swedish organization for LGBT folks with disabilities. They have some limited information in English, but most is Swedish (so I can't say anything about the quality of the information).

TLC Trust
The TLC trust describes itself as an organization "connecting disabled men and women to responsible sex workers, therapist, and teachers." They are based in the UK and, among other activities, maintain referral lists to sexuality helping professionals who have identified themselves as being interested in working with people with disabilities.

Mouth Magazine
Whether you're already pissed off, or just want to be, be sure to check out this excellent disability rights magazine. They did a sex issue back in 1994 and promise to do another one. Subscription information is available on their site.

Queers on Wheels
Queers On Wheels is an organization that serves the physically disabled GLBTQ (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer) community. They provide literature, teach classes and workshops, and help people network. They hope to create a strong community of physically disabled GLBTQ folks.

True stories of disabled gay men: BENT aims to provoke, delight, amaze and offend you. Get ready! Get BENT!

Loree Erickson
This site has some of Loree's writing and lots of other resources. Here's how Loree describes some of herself and her work: "I am a poly queer femmegimp porn star academic doing a PhD at York University. My work is a synthesis of theoretical engagement and critical artistic creation, both of which are motivated and shaped by personal experience and activist ideals. I want to replace the gawking, gazing, and glaring people with disabilities encounter on a daily basis with beholding, recognizing, and reacting when people with disabilities are red fucking hot."

Video: Body Language by Jes Sasche
Part of a larger video project called Envisioning New Meanings of Disability and Difference, this powerful, sexy, and thought provoking video focuses on the gaze, embodiment, sexuality, and disability.

Sex, Disability, and Sexual Surrogacy
In 1990 journalist and poet Mark O'Brien wrote this excellent article about his experiences with sexual surrogacy.

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