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General Sexuality and Disability Resources


PleasureABLE: Sexual Device Manual For Persons With Disabilities;

Kate Naphtali, Edith MacHattie & Stacy Elliott: 2009

Contains information about sexuality (myths/facts) and reproductive organs. It also provides a detailed manual about sexual aids and devices that can be useful for people with disabilities, Google the title.

The Ultimate Guide to Sex and Disability: For All of Us Who Live with Disabilities, Chronic Pain, and Illness;

Miriam Kaufman, M.D. Cory Silverberg, Fran Odette

The Ultimate Guide to Sex and Disability is the first complete sex guide for people who live with disabilities, pain, illness, or chronic conditions. Useful for absolutely everyone, regardless of age, gender, or sexual orientation, the book addresses a wide range of disabilities — from chronic fatigue, back pain, and asthma to spinal cord injury, hearing and visual impairment, multiple sclerosis, and more. Expertly written by a medical doctor, a sex educator, and a disability activist, The Ultimate Guide provides readers with encouragement, support, and all the information they need to create a sex life that works for them. The authors cover all aspects of sex and disability, including building a positive sexual self-image; positions to minimize stress and maximize pleasure; dealing with fatigue or pain during sex; finding partners and talking with partners about sex and disability; adapting sex toys; and more.

Leonard Cheshire Disability-Sexuality and Disabilities;

Past projects include an “In Touch” manual on sexuality.

Sex & Disability by Robert McRuer

A collection of essays from multiple perspectives, that consider how sex and disability come together and how disabled people negotiate sex and sexual identities in ableist and heteronormative culture. The essays shake up notions about who and what is sexy and sexualizable, what counts as sex, and what desire is. At the same time, they challenge conceptions of disability in the dominant culture, queer studies, and disability studies.

Health Issues And Sexuality


MS and Intimacy: Managing Specific Issues;

Tanya Radford

This booklet is for people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) and their partners. It addresses the importance of communication between partners and discusses sexual problems associated with MS for both men and women. Includes a list of other national resources.

Sex When You're Sick: Reclaiming Sexual Health after Illness or Injury;

Anne Katz

This book considers how illness and injury affect sexuality and offers strategies to overcome sexual difficulties after health challenges. Chapters include “Sexuality in Medical Disease,” “Sexuality Across the Lifespan,” and “Sexuality and Cancer in Both Men and Women.”

Sexuality and Fertility Issues in Ill Health and Disability: From Early Adolescence to Adulthood;

Rachel Balen and Marilyn Crawshaw

A collection of essays by various health professionals and patients about the range of experiences encompassing sexuality and disability. Essays include “Sexuality and Growing up HIV Positive: Lessons from Practice,” “Unintended Catharsis through Intended Art,” and “The Sting in the Tail: Teenagers Coping with Sperm Banking Following Cancer Diagnosis.”

Spectrum Disorders, Relationships And Sexuality

Females, as well as Males suffer from Asperger’s and Autism although we too often see this condition in Males. 



Autism-Asperger’s and Sexuality: Puberty and Beyond;

Jerry Newport and Mary Newport

Written for adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorders, chapters in this book include “When Desire Leads to a Bad Relationship,” “The Best Way to Date Someone is to be Yourself,” and “Surviving the First Wave of Sexual Interest.” Click here to view.

Sex, Sexuality, and the Autism Spectrum;

Wendy Lawson and Glenys Jones

Written by an adult on the autism spectrum from her vantage point as a lesbian, the author explores issues such as sexuality education, relationships, and same sex attractions. Chapters include “Discovering Bisexuality, Homosexuality and Transgender Dispositions,” “Making it Work,” and “Building a Safe Space.”

Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships: Decoding Social Mysteries through the Unique Perspectives of Autism;

Dr. Temple Grandin and Sean Barron

Written for anyone who has ever struggled through a social encounter, this guide to social relationships was written by two individuals with autism Chapters include “How the Autistic Way of Thinking Affects Social Understanding,” and “Rule #1: Rules Are Not Absolute: They are Situation Based and People Based.”

Asperger's Syndrome and Sexuality: From Adolescence through Adulthood;

Isabelle Henault 

This guide to understanding sexuality and its expression among individuals with Asperger Syndrome includes chapters titled “Asperger’s Syndrome and Sexual Development,” “Sexual Diversity and Gender Identity,” and “Inappropriate Sexual Behaviors: Comprehension and Intervention.”

Physical Disabilities And Sexuality


Venus on Wheels: Two Decades of Dialogue on Disability, Biography, and Being Female in America;

Gelya Frank

A cultural biography of Diane DeVries, a woman without arms or legs who has rejected her doctors’ recommendations for prostheses. An anthropological analysis of DeVries’ sexual autonomy and her participation in the 1970s women’s and disability rights movements. Chapters include “My Introduction to Diane,” and “the Crisis of Representation: Why it is Time for Cultural Biography.”

Sexual Difficulties After Traumatic Brain Injury and Ways to Deal With It;

Ronit Aloni and Shlomo Katz

This book focuses on improving the social and intimacy skills of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) survivors so that they may return to society and establish relationships in which they will be able to function sexually. The book is designed for professionals in the fields of rehabilitation and physical medicine, as well as counselors and psychologists.



General Sexuality And Disability;


Sexual Health; is a general sexual health website & provides a wide range of information, support and resources, including an “Ask an Expert” section that provides answers to reader’s questions or concerns about disability and sexuality.

What Normal Breasts Look Like;

The Female Intelligence Agency discusses normal breast health and has a normalized, non-sexualized photo gallery (along with personal stories!) of breasts.

Deliciously Disabled;

Andrew Morrison-Gurza is a Disability Awareness Consultation with a MA of Legal Studies specializing in Persons with Disabilities.  Andrew has the experience of living as a Person with a Disability and writes, consults and presents on sex-positive and LGBT issues.

Sexuality and Disability;

Click Here To View a website that is dedicated towards the idea that women with disabilities are sexual beings. It provides sexual health information for women with disabilities, their partners, their friends and family, and doctors/counselors. Has information for women about a wide spectrum of information, from their periods, to giving birth, to meeting someone, to sexual violence. this site you can link to /connect with the resources online. (tabs on Body, Having Sex, Relationships, Having Children, Violence) and a page full of additional resources

Come As You Are;

A sex toy website that has a whole section dedicated to resources and information for people with disabilities, Click here to view.

Susan’s Sex Support Site;

This Website (Click Here) provides information about anatomy, behavior, civil rights, abuse prevention, body image, dating and chat resources, gender identity, disability and relationships in easy to understand, sex positive language with extensive links to other resources.

Health Issues And Sexuality;


Sexuality and young people with disabilities or chronic illness. Click Here To View.

Spectrum Disorders, Relationships And Sexuality;

Coming Out LGBTQA;

Personal stories and support for individuals coming out and making a statement! (Click Here To View)

Campaign to encourage all LGBTQA that bullying-and life in general-does get better. Click Here To View.

Naked Brain Ink;

Is a blog written by a female individual about “sex, love….and relationships from a unique autism perspective.”

Click Here To View Blog.

Autism spectrum disorders.

Autism spectrum disorders.

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           Autism spectrum disorders.

Physical Disabilities And Sexuality;


New Mobility;

A website for people with special needs and disabilities. Has a lot of interesting articles,

such as "Sex, Wheels, & Relationships" and there's a message board where people can post questions. Click Here To View Website. Relationships;

Web site on prevention and treatment of traumatic brain injury includes a section on issues related to sexuality (look under “Intimate Relationships.” Includes articles, videos, and other educational media.Click Here To View Website.

Cerebral palsy.

Physical disabilities, emotional disabilities, and intellectual disabilities.

Physical disabilities.

Spinal cord injury.

Spinal cord injury.

Traumatic brain injury.



(Sex)abled: Disability Uncensored;

A 14-minute documentary by San Francisco State University students from a panel called "Are Cripples Screwed?" which was sponsored by the UC Berkeley's Disabled Students Union. Bay area community members and comedian Josh Blue (winner of Last Comic Standing) share their personal experiences with sex, dating and intimacy.Click here to view.

"The Sessions"

Starring Helen Hunt, John Hawkes and Directed by Ben Lewin Synopsis: A man in an iron lung who wishes to lose his virginity contacts a professional sex surrogate with the help of his therapist and priest. Helen Hunt was nominated for an Academy Award for her role.


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The all-in-one solution to sexual health is on its way

Helen ReesUniversity of the Witwatersrand

The current sexual and reproductive prevention methods have significantly improved the health and well-being of women and their families. But this is not enough. Worldwide each year there are still 85 million unplanned pregnancies, 21.6 million unsafe abortions, and nearly 300 000 maternal deaths from complications related to pregnancy and birth.

HIV remains the leading cause of death of women of reproductive age worldwide. Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest burden. While anti-retroviral drugs are effective treatments, half of the women living with HIV in resource-limited settings can’t access them. And women’s HIV prevention technologies remain limited. Their use is often outside a woman’s sphere of control.

Enabling women to maintain good reproductive health requires innovative and improved prevention technologies. A revolutionary class of women’s sexual and reproductive health prevention products is being developed and may prove to be the linchpin to achieve the sustainable development goals that relate to women’s health.

Multipurpose Prevention Technologies, more commonly known as MPTs, are a new class of product in development. They deliver varying method combinations to simultaneously prevent HIV, sexually transmitted infections and unplanned pregnancies.

Although these technologies are complicated to develop, they are technically feasible. Since the field was launched six years ago, it has evolved from an innovative concept. Currently there are over 20 products being developed with nearly a dozen products in clinical trials.

New methods of prevention

There are many forms of innovative technologies being developed. Some combine contraception with prevention from sexually transmitted infections while others provide women who want to get pregnant with protection from HIV and other Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). Many do so in discrete forms that do not require partner negotiation. Some are designed to be used just before or at the time of a sexual encounter while others are long-acting products.

The innovations currently being developed include:

  • vaginal rings that release both hormonal contraception and an HIV prevention drug;

  • vaginal films and tablets that prevent HIV and herpes (HSV);

  • rectal suppository MPTs offering HIV and STI prevention for anyone engaging in anal sex;

  • new bio materials that will feel more like skin to make better feeling condoms; and other innovative technologies.

The goal is to create an array of broad-spectrum prevention methods which a woman can choose from to best suit her circumstances. But without increased investment in the research and development of these technologies, these powerful new prevention methods may never reach women’s hands.

A benefit for all

The intersecting nature of sexual and reproductive health risks is especially apparent in areas of the world where women have the least access to modern contraception and face the highest HIV and STI risks.

In 2012, young women in sub-Saharan Africa accounted for 70% (25 million) of the 35.3 million people estimated to be infected with HIV globally.

By reducing non-HIV sexually transmitted infections at the same time as HIV and unplanned pregnancy and health costs will be cut. In addition lives can be saved. If sexually transmitted infections such as herpes, chlamydia and human papillomavirus are left untreated they can result in infertility and cancers. Herpes and human papillomavirus also put women at greater risk of acquiring HIV.

Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest burden of herpes where up to 80% of sexually active women are estimated to be infected.

It is no secret that improving women’s ability to plan and space children improves the economic well-being of families, saves millions of lives and billions of dollars. Reducing the incidence of HIV and STIs also offers clear and well documented benefits to women, families, and economies. Doing it all at the same time will magnify these benefits.

And it is key to ending poverty and fulfilling the range of interlocking sustainable development goals that shape our interconnected futures.

An all-in-one solution

Women, providers and advocates of women’s health are enthusiastic about the multipurpose prevention technology. Combining prevention benefits into one product will be more efficient and will increase the number of women covered by this umbrella of prevention.

Early market research shows an overwhelming preference for products that can address multiple sexual and reproductive health risks. And research shows that HIV stigma is a barrier that prevents many women from seeking HIV prevention. It suggests combining HIV prevention and protection from STIs with contraception delivered in family planning settings will increase HIV prevention uptake for many women.

Researchers, health care providers, and funders from around the globe, including China, India, Kenya, South Africa and the US have forged in-country collaborations to ensure multipurpose prevention technologies will be desirable and accessible to those who need it most.

The social benefits of these technologies are far reaching. It ranges from educational attainment to reducing child mortalities, improving incomes, reducing inequity and having a positive impact on the environment.

For the young women in sub-Saharan Africa who bear a disproportionate burden of HIV infection, unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections, these technologies could be life-changing.

_This article is a version of a blog originally written by Professor Helen Rees and Dr Bethany Young Holt, who is the director of the IMPT (Initiative for MPTs), a project of CAMI Health where she serves as executive director. CAMI Health is dedicated to the health empowerment of women and girls and is sponsored by the Public Health Institute.

The Conversation

Helen Rees, Executive Director of the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute, University of the Witwatersrand

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

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