We Need To Talk More About Sex And Disability

It’s normal for people with disabilities to have sex, so why is there so much stigma?

People with disabilities are often assumed to be asexual or incapable of consenting to relationships and sex. But this isn’t true. More than that, it’s insulting to assume that everyone who has a disability is the same. People with disabilities are a diverse group of people, and their disability does not define them as a person. Like everyone, they have many amazing personalities, hobbies, ideas, and passions. Maybe their passion is having a very fulfilled sex life!

Unfortunately, many  young people with a learning disability do not receive a decent sex education due to stigma in society. 80% of professionals who deliver sex education to young people with a learning disability had issues finding accessible resources. That’s shocking.

Disabled people have sex. They also masturbate. And people with disabilities also have the right to receive sex education that represents their experiences. Of course they do! Figuring out sex, relationships, sexuality and our desires is a daunting process. So having representative and non-judgemental resources about sex is so important. We need sex and relationships education so that we can protect and empower ourselves — and this goes for everyone.

Although there isn’t tons of high quality sex ed for people with disabilities, one great place to start is this brilliant video made by Brook in partnership with IPPF and Enhance the UK. In this wonderful video, two young disabled women discuss sex and disability. 

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Page last reviewed: 25 Nov 2020