Wellness - Disabilities | 18+ yrs

Disability & Sexuality

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People with disabilities are also sexual and have the ability to have sexual urges and sexual experiences.

According to In Plainspeak, “The question of addressing the need for sexuality education for children and young people in our country is itself intimidating to parents and educators alike.” Your differently-abled child needs to know that it is perfectly natural for her to fall in love, get married and have children. Being her parent means that you are her source of comfort and encouragement. This is a big responsibility. You will need to prioritise safety, know what to teach her, know how to teach her and think of creating safe opportunities for exploration. Like all people, your daughter can lead a sexually fulfilling life. If her brain is intact she will have healthy thoughts of sex. Dating and marriage are possible for her with sustained support systems. Unfortunately, schools and parents often ignore the sexual needs of disabled children.

Be it on screen or in real life, we are opposed to what PWDs really are. We hesitate to talk about topics such as menstruation, sex, etc., in relation to them. Medical practice itself is seldom equipped to deal with these matters on the same platform as other patients. Often a PWD ends up without having a romantic relationship in her life.

This ClipBook narrates the true stories of four young differently abled women living in India, opening our eyes to their ideas of beauty, body, sexuality and ability. Another story is of PWDs who found love in a hospital in Udaipur. It also answers questions such as how do sex workers feature in the lives of PWDs? What about sex workers with disabilities? What are ‘Scarlet Road’ and ‘Accsex’? How are PWDs treated in Africa’s HIV services?

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