Sexuality Resources

SEXABILITY Resources

BOOKS

General Sexuality and Disability Resources

PleasureABLE: Sexual Device Manual For Persons With Disabilities

Kate Naphtali, Edith MacHattie & Stacy Elliott: 2009

Contains information about sexuality (myths/facts) and reproductive organs. It also provides a detailed manual about sexual aids and devices that can be useful for people with disabilities. Find it here or google the title: http://www.dhrn.ca/files/sexualhealthmanual lowres 2010 0208.pdf

The Ultimate Guide to Sex and Disability: For All of Us Who Live with Disabilities, Chronic Pain, and Illness

Miriam Kaufman, M.D. Cory Silverberg, Fran Odette

The Ultimate Guide to Sex and Disability is the first complete sex guide for people who live with disabilities, pain, illness, or chronic conditions. Useful for absolutely everyone, regardless of age, gender, or sexual orientation, the book addresses a wide range of disabilities — from chronic fatigue, back pain, and asthma to spinal cord injury, hearing and visual impairment, multiple sclerosis, and more. Expertly written by a medical doctor, a sex educator, and a disability activist, The Ultimate Guide provides readers with encouragement, support, and all the information they need to create a sex life that works for them. The authors cover all aspects of sex and disability, including building a positive sexual self-image; positions to minimize stress and maximize pleasure; dealing with fatigue or pain during sex; finding partners and talking with partners about sex and disability; adapting sex toys; and more.

Leonard Cheshire Disability-Sexuality and Disabilities

www.lcdisability.org Past projects include an “In Touch” manual on sexuality, which can be found at: www.lcdintouch.org

Sex & Disability by Robert McRuer

A collection of essays from multiple perspectives, that consider how sex and disability come together and how disabled people negotiate sex and sexual identities in ableist and heteronormative culture. The essays shake up notions about who and what is sexy and sexualizable, what counts as sex, and what desire is. At the same time, they challenge conceptions of disability in the dominant culture, queer studies, and disability studies.

Health Issues and Sexuality

MS and Intimacy: Managing Specific Issues

Tanya Radford

This booklet is for people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) and their partners. It addresses the importance of communication between partners and discusses sexual problems associated with MS for both men and women. Includes a list of other national resources.  Only Online at: http://www.nationalmssociety.org/chapters/DCW/programs--services/information-and-referral/brochures/managing-specific-issues/index.aspx

Sex When You're Sick: Reclaiming Sexual Health after Illness or Injury

Anne Katz

This book considers how illness and injury affect sexuality and offers strategies to overcome sexual difficulties after health challenges. Chapters include “Sexuality in Medical Disease,” “Sexuality Across the Lifespan,” and “Sexuality and Cancer in Both Men and Women.”

Sexuality and Fertility Issues in Ill Health and Disability: From Early Adolescence to Adulthood

Rachel Balen and Marilyn Crawshaw

A collection of essays by various health professionals and patients about the range of experiences encompassing sexuality and disability. Essays include “Sexuality and Growing up HIV Positive: Lessons from Practice,” “Unintended Catharsis through Intended Art,” and “The Sting in the Tail: Teenagers Coping with Sperm Banking Following Cancer Diagnosis.”

Spectrum Disorders, Relationships and Sexuality

Autism-Asperger’s and Sexuality: Puberty and Beyond

Jerry Newport and Mary Newport

Written for adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorders, chapters in this book include “When Desire Leads to a Bad Relationship,” “The Best Way to Date Someone is to be Yourself,” and “Surviving the First Wave of Sexual Interest.” http://fhautism.com

Sex, Sexuality, and the Autism Spectrum

Wendy Lawson and Glenys Jones

Written by an adult on the autism spectrum from her vantage point as a lesbian, the author explores issues such as sexuality education, relationships, and same sex attractions. Chapters include “Discovering Bisexuality, Homosexuality and Transgender Dispositions,” “Making it Work,” and “Building a Safe Space.”

Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships: Decoding Social Mysteries through the Unique Perspectives of Autism.

Dr. Temple Grandin and Sean Barron

Written for anyone who has ever struggled through a social encounter, this guide to social relationships was written by two individuals with autism Chapters include “How the Autistic Way of Thinking Affects Social Understanding,” and “Rule #1: Rules Are Not Absolute: They are Situation Based and People Based.”

Asperger's Syndrome and Sexuality: From Adolescence through Adulthood Isabelle Henault This guide to understanding sexuality and its expression among individuals with Asperger Syndrome includes chapters titled “Asperger’s Syndrome and Sexual Development,” “Sexual Diversity and Gender Identity,” and “Inappropriate Sexual Behaviors: Comprehension and Intervention.”

Physical Disabilities and Sexuality

Venus on Wheels: Two Decades of Dialogue on Disability, Biography, and Being Female in America

Gelya Frank

A cultural biography of Diane DeVries, a woman without arms or legs who has rejected her doctors’ recommendations for prostheses. An anthropological analysis of DeVries’ sexual autonomy and her participation in the 1970s women’s and disability rights movements. Chapters include “My Introduction to Diane,” and “the Crisis of Representation: Why it is Time for Cultural Biography.”

Sexual Difficulties After Traumatic Brain Injury and Ways to Deal With It

Ronit Aloni and Shlomo Katz

This book focuses on improving the social and intimacy skills of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) survivors so that they may return to society and establish relationships in which they will be able to function sexually. The book is designed for professionals in the fields of rehabilitation and physical medicine, as well as counselors and psychologists.

WEBSITES

General Sexuality and Disability

Sexual Health

http://www.sexualhealth.com  Sexualhealth.com is a general sexual health website & provides a wide range of information, support and resources, including an “Ask an Expert” section that provides answers to reader’s questions or concerns about disability and sexuality.

What Normal Breasts Look Like

http://www.007b.com/breast_taboo.php -the Female Intelligence Agency discusses normal breast health and has a normalized, non-sexualized photo gallery (along with personal stories!) of breasts.

Deliciously Disabled

Andrew Morrison-Gurza is a Disability Awareness Consultation with a MA of Legal Studies specializing in Persons with Disabilities.  Andrew has the experience of living as a Person with a Disability and writes, consults and presents on sex-positive and LGBT issues.

Sexuality and Disability

http://www.sexualityanddisability.org/ is a website that is dedicated towards the idea that women with disabilities are sexual beings. It provides sexual health information for women with disabilities, their partners, their friends and family, and doctors/counselors. Has information for women about a wide spectrum of information, from their periods, to giving birth, to meeting someone, to sexual violence. this site you can link to /connect with the resources online. (tabs on Body, Having Sex, Relationships, Having Children, Violence) and a page full of additional resources

Come As You Are

A sex toy website that has a whole section dedicated to resources and information for people with disabilities, http://www.comeasyouare.com/sex-and-disability.html

Susan’s Sex Support Site

www.sexsupport.org provides information about anatomy, behavior, civil rights, abuse prevention, body image, dating and chat resources, gender identity, disability and relationships in easy to understand, sex positive language with extensive links to other resources.

Having Sex-The Site

http://www.thesite.org/sexandrelationships/havingsex/sexanddisability a user friendly website all about dating, relationships and disabilities.

Disability and sexual issues.
http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcpdf.nsf/ByPDF/Disability_and_sexual_issues/$File/Disability_and_sexual_issues.pdf

About sex and disability.
http://sexuality.about.com/od/sex_and_disability/Sex_and_Disability.htm

How sexuality is affected by different disabilities.
http://lifecenter.ric.org/index.php?tray=topic_alt_subtopic&tid=top163&cid=5053

Deaf-Blindness.
http://nationaldb.org/documents/products/sex-ed.pdf

Learning disabilities.
http://hpq.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/14/4/601

Learning disabilities.
http://www.nursingtimes.net/nursing-practice-clinical-research/teaching-sex-education-to-children-with-learning-disabilities/299962.article

Learning disabilities.
http://www.outsiders.org.uk/index.html

Health Issues and Sexuality

Sexuality and young people with disabilities or chronic illness.
http://www.med.umich.edu/yourchild/topics/disabsex.htm

Spectrum Disorders, Relationships and Sexuality

Coming Out LGBTQA

http://www.rucomingout.com/-personal stories and support for individuals coming out and making a statement!

http://www.itgetsbetter.org/-campaign to encourage all LGBTQA that bullying-and life in general-does get better.

Naked Brain Ink

Is a blog written by a female individual about “sex, love….and relationships from a unique autism perspective.”

http://nakedbrainink.com/3636/include-sexuality-education-asd/

Dating and disabilities.
http://www.thesite.org/sexandrelationships/havingsex/sexanddisability

Autism spectrum disorders.
http://www.autism.com/index.php/understanding_social_sexual

Autism spectrum disorders.
http://www.education.com/reference/article/sexuality-instruction-autism-ASD/

           Autism spectrum disorders.
           http://autism.about.com/od/transitioncollegejobs/f/sexed.htm

           Autism spectrum disorders.
           http://www.child-autism-parent-cafe.com/sexuality-and-autism.html

Physical Disabilities and Sexuality

New Mobility

A website for people with special needs and disabilities. Has a lot of interesting articles,

such as "Sex, Wheels, & Relationships" and there's a message board where people can post questions. http://www.newmobility.com/

Brainline.org-Intimate Relationships

http://www.brainline.org/function_pages/results.php#intimaterelationships web site on prevention and treatment of traumatic brain injury includes a section on issues related to sexuality (look under “Intimate Relationships.” Includes articles, videos, and other educational media.

Cerebral palsy.
http://www.sexualhealth.com/what-do-i-need-to-know-before-dating-someone-with-cerebral-palsy_question_171/

Physical disabilities, emotional disabilities, and intellectual disabilities.
http://www.advocatesforyouth.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=479&Itemid=177

Physical disabilities.
http://www.sexualityandu.ca/en/teachers/teaching-sex-ed-for-youth-with-physical-disabilities

Spina bifida.
http://www.spinabifidaassociation.org/site/c.liKWL7PLLrF/
b.2705583/k.1646/Dating_And_Sexuality_Questions_And_Answers.htm

Spina bifida.
http://www.spinabifida-incontinence.info/sex.htm

Spinal cord injury.
http://www.spinalcord.uab.edu/show.asp?durki=21720

Spinal cord injury.
http://lifecenter.ric.org/index.php?tray=content&tid=top163&cid=2560

Traumatic brain injury.
http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Traumatic_brain_injury_and_sexual_issues

FILMS

(Sex)abled: Disability Uncensored

A 14-minute documentary by San Francisco State University students from a panel called "Are Cripples Screwed?" which was sponsored by the UC Berkeley's Disabled Students Union. Bay area community members and comedian Josh Blue (winner of Last Comic Standing) share their personal experiences with sex, dating and intimacy. http://www.sexsmartfilms.com/free-videos/sex-abled-disability-uncensored/

"The Sessions"

Starring Helen Hunt, John Hawkes and Directed by Ben Lewin Synopsis: A man in an iron lung who wishes to lose his virginity contacts a professional sex surrogate with the help of his therapist and priest. Helen Hunt was nominated for an Academy Award for her role.