Disability and Sexuality: a Manual for Counsellors

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Gothreau, Laura M.
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education
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(Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education)
People who have disabilities are typically given little guidance or support around sexuality or sexual health, due to pervasive cultural myths and stereotypes that suggest people with disabilities are not viable sexual beings. This lack of exploration around sexuality has negative impacts on quality of life, and is correlated with increased risk for sexually transmitted infections, unplanned pregnancy, inappropriate sexual behaviour, vulnerability to sexual exploitation or assault, and emotional concerns such as low self-esteem. An ever-growing body of research has shown that people with disabilities benefit from exploring their sexuality in a healthy way and experiencing safe, fulfilling sexual relationships. Counsellors are in a unique position to explore sexuality-related concerns with clients who have disabilities, thereby challenging cultural stereotypes and increasing well-being of clients. This project incorporates literature on sexuality and disability into a manual for counsellors who wish to increase their competence in working with clients who have disabilities, as well as in approaching sexuality-related issues with these clients.
viii, 144 leaves ; 29 cm.
People with disabilities , Sexual health study and teaching , Sex counseling , Sex instruction for people with disabilities , Sexual health -- Study and teaching -- Canada