Sexuality and Disability

People with disabilities, like all people, are sexual beings. These web sites provide information and support relating to the sexual concerns of men and women with disabilities, and of parents of children with disabilities. These sites focus on heterosexual issues; see related subjects for sites that deal with gay and lesbian concerns.
The Candy Stripe Buses
Reprinted from Lorenzo Milam’s book CripZen, this is an offbeat and interesting article about buses that bring sexual relief to nursing home residents.
Disability and Sexuality [added 2/2/02]
This extensive personal website by a woman with cerebral palsy covers many bases, including basic (and detailed) anatomy, body image, personal experiences, sexual aids, articles, reading lists, discussion lists, and more. While it lacks the authority that we look for in a health-related website, it is a significant effort with lots to offer. We were particularly impressed with the extensive list of discussion groups.
Epilepsy and Sexual Relations
A fact sheet from the Epilepsy Foundation.
Male Fertility Research Program
A project of the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, this site includes a guide and directory to male fertility following spinal cord injury/dysfunction (both in pdf format) as well as information about the program.
National Study of Women with Physical Disabilities: Sexual Functioning
Statistical data from a study by the Center for Research on Women with Disabilities.
PeopleNet DisAbility DateNet Home Page
This personal home age is a mixture of useful information, self-promotion, the author’s writings, etc. There is some good information here that should prove useful for adults. This site will be moving after April 30, 2001.
Sex After Stroke
A comprehensive, online booklet from the American Stroke Association.
Sexual Health and Fertility After Brain and Spinal Cord Impairment
This site by a team of physicians and sexual health nurses at Vancouver Hospital & Health Sciences Centre (VHHSC) includes information about sexual health, physiology, male and female changes, bladder changes, and fertility after brain and spinal cord injury.
Sexual Health Network – Disability or Illness
Originally an extensive, easy-to-use web site focusing solely on sexuality issues for people with disabilities, illness, or other health-related concerns, the Network has expanded to include many generic concerns (e.g., infertility, abuse, orgasm); the link above goes directly to the disability section. Though a bit more difficult to navigate, the site continues to maintain information about wide variety of sexuality and disability concerns, such as adjusting and adapting, adoption, arthritis, autism, body image, and cerebral palsy; other topics (e.g. bowel and bladder management) were harder to find. The “Ask the Experts” offers good advice from credentialed specialists. A new section with interactive features is available to registered users.
A position paper on sexuality and individuals with mental retardation from The Arc.
Sexuality and Disability
An excellent annotated bibliography (that is in need of a little updating) from the nonprofit organization SIECUS.
Sexuality and Disability
This excellent article by Linda R. Mona, M.A. examines “the who, what and hows of disabled persons’ sexuality.”
Sexuality and Spinal Cord Injury – A Bibliography
An extensive list of articles and other resources from the Model Spinal Cord Injury System at Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital.
Sexuality Education for Children and Youth with Disabilities
Produced by the National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY), this issue of the NICHCY News Digest was developed “to address the concerns that parents and professionals face in informing and guiding children and youth adults with disabilities in their social-sexual development and in preparing them to make healthy, responsible decisions about adult relationships.” Each section presents an overview of important points to consider when providing sexuality education, then concludes with an extensive list of materials that families and professionals can use to inform themselves more fully. Available in text and PDF format.
Sexuality in Spinal Cord Injury
This series from the Louis Calder Memorial Library of the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center covers erections, ejaculation, orgasm, coitus, sexual drive and activity in males, and orgasm, fertility, childbirth, contraception, sexual behavior and activity in females.
The Spinal Cord Injury Information Network
The Medical RRTC in Secondary Complications in SCI offers a variety of relevant overviews, such as Sexuality in Males with Spinal Cord Injury and Viagra and Spinal Cord Injury.
Related Subjects
Homosexuality, Bisexuality and Disability
Parents with Disabilities
Women with Disabilities
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