Everyone has Sex-Ability!
16th-22nd September is national Sexual Health Week!
This year, we want to get everyone talking about ‘Sex-Ability’ – our belief that everyone has the ability to form and enjoy intimate relationships, including people with disabilities. We’re aiming to challenge myths around sex and disability and promote better access to support services. Let’s get people talking and make the topic of sex and disability more ‘normal’ – after all, it already is!
Challenging the myths
Disabilities shouldn’t hold anyone back from having intimate relationships. Yet the topic of sex and disability isn’t often discussed in the media and rarely appears on our TV screens – something which allows misconceptions to thrive.
Common myths about sex and disability can include:
- That people with disabilities don’t need, or want, intimate relationships
- That people with learning disabilities can’t consent to sex
- People with disabilities aren’t able to have sex
- Sex education isn’t necessary for people with disabilities
This week, we’re doing our part to challenge these myths by sharing positive stories about inclusive relationships and helping to make this topic more visible online.
Members of Spectrums outreach team will be promoting Sexual Health Week in the following places:
Wednesday 18th 9am-11am Drury Lane Centre
Wednesday 18th 9am-12.00am Barnsley Collage Main Campus
Thursday 19th 10.30-11.30am Pontefract Day Centre
Thursday 19th 12.30-14.00pm Westgate Hostel
Friday 20th 10.30-12.30 Community Awareness Programme, Wakefield
Friday 20th 14.00-16.00 Fairburn Mews (Castleford)