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Equitable Accessible Sexual Expression

It may be a taboo subject, but it’s something every person with a disability must address at some point: sex, sexuality and the human need for intimacy.

 EASE Canada was formed by people with disabilities involved in peer counselling – we were surprised and concerned about the number of people with disabilities complaining about the lack of physical intimacy in their lives, and the lack of resources to facilitate the exploration of their sexual and intimate desires

 Rehabilitating the body is world-class. Rehabilitating the spirit is sometimes not addressed. People born with a disability, or injured in childhood, often don’t have the opportunities to pursue their sexual desires or need for intimacy, and may lack basic skills in flirting, dating, and socializing with potential partners. 
EASE Canada exists to educate – and advocate for – people with disabilities in the safe exploration and expression of sexuality and other intimate connections.

MISSION:

To support the safe exploration and expression of sexuality and other intimate connections for persons with disabilities.

We envision a world in which:

  • People with disabilities are able to connect with providers of sexual and other intimacy services without legal and other barriers.
  • People with disabilities are recognized as sexual beings .
  • Sexual expression and intimacy are recognized as a basic human right and need.
  • Sexuality is recognized as a vital part of everyone’s identity.
  • Sex workers are valued for their expertise and for providing legitimate services.
  • Sex workers are legally protected.

EASE is developing trainings oriented to health care providers, sex workers and disabled people. Learn about legal and ethical issues surrounding equal access to sexual expression. What are particular needs and barriers to sexual expression of people with different disabilities? What techniques and approaches can help disabled people live their sexuality fully and freely? If you would like to book a workshop and training on these or other questions, contact Dave Symington.

 

The members of EASE wish to thank and acknowledge the generous support and encouragement of the Sam Sullivan Disability Foundation and Spinal Cord Injury B.C.