The sexual development of people with a physical or intellectual disability is being freed of its taboo status with disability services prepared to embrace the subject for their clients’ benefit.
Disability advocates believe that in the past, little sex education had been aimed at people with a disability.
Women with a Disability Australia committee member Bonnie Millen said social expectations had left them in the dark.
“There was a general assumption by the public that they wouldn’t be able to act in a manner that was sexually appropriate, so having those tools like contraception condoms, sexual rights, reproductive rights, they’re generally non-existent,” she said.
“It’s a very sad thing because it’s not encouraged and it’s not implemented by schools or in later life to encourage people with disabilities to have an active sex life.”
Amber Del Pin from Adelaide has Osteo Genesis Imperfecta, also known as brittle bone disorder, and has been in a relationship for 10 years.
She believed not providing advice about sex and relationships might put someone else like her in harm’s way.
“I think that sometimes leads to risky behaviour and I kind of wish that there had been someone back when I was much younger to pull me aside and go ‘Hey these are the things that you are going to have to consider’,” she said.
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Disability led to decisions being forced upon Ms Del Pin.
There was also a decision made for her on drug treatment for her…