Sexual Health Week 2019
15 September 2019
We’re proud to be supporting Sexual Health Week 2019, a national awareness raising campaign. The theme this year is sex, relationships and disability and we’re helping to break down the stigma around sexual relationships and disabilities.
Society has many myths and the ones around disability and sexuality can be frustrating and dismissive. There’s a perception that many able-bodied people tend to regard sex for people with a disability as a taboo subject and rarely discuss it openly or assumptions are made that people with specific educational needs don’t have relationships, yet everybody has the same emotional needs and natural feelings like attraction, desire and love.
We want to encourage positive relationships and support both people with physical disabilities and people with specific educational needs (and their carers) with their sexual health and wellbeing.
The aim of the national campaign is to normalise the conversations around sex and disability.
Did you know?
- People with learning disabilities face multiple barriers when it comes to developing intimate or sexual relationships, often as a result of reduced sexual health education and awareness.
- Only 3% of people with a learning disability live as a couple, compared to 70% of the general adult population (Mencap UK).
- People with a disability say meeting people is more difficult and social isolation is common (Mencap UK).