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Many students with disabilities have been told they will never be able to have a relationship or engage in sexual activity. Other students have been told they will not be a good match for relationships or they have “more important things to think about” other than sex. Sometimes students have been told they should feel “lucky if someone wants them” or they are not capable of being a sexual being. Other students have histories of frustrating interactions and/or relationships with others and don’t feel as though they are in control of how their disability affects their experiences.
Often sexuality resources or education does not take into account ability status or how disability may affect sexual activity, communication and perceptions of self and self in relationships. If you are interested in writing a piece for our column, SEXABILITY, please let us know! We’ll keep feedback confidential and anonymous. We want student voices and if you want to submit a question, topic you’d like to read more about, suggest a name for the column or give us feedback, please email Susann Sears. We’d love to hear from you!