People with disabilities (PWD) advocate daily for access and inclusion in their communities and society. When PWD express and explore sexuality, it is an act of resistance against the able-bodied culturally-influenced and accepted sexual expressive norms. The development of the elements of resilience in individuals and communities can help protect and promote the sexual health and well-being for PWD, and lead to sexual empowerment. Using research and current examples of existing programs, this presentation will discuss various ways teaching resilience has been used to combat and resist ableist practices, rhetoric, and views, and how we can utilise these concepts for recognizing and supporting the sexuality of PWD.
Session Category : 2019