Modern Dilemmas – Disability and Sex
From the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Radio National. The Modern Dilemmas panel tackle Down syndrome and disability. Well worth a listen.
Presented by Natasha Mitchell
A Life Matters listener has emailed this dilemma: ‘My 24 year old son has Down syndrome and the issue is one I haven’t heard anyone talk about. It is regarding adults with moderate intellectual disabilities and sexuality. Most live without the pleasures of sex that the rest of us take for granted. It is not lack of desire, but an inability to adequately communicate their needs and a lack of access to partners. How do parents and carers know what the person with an intellectual disability wants, and even if they do know, what do they do about it? How do they facilitate personal interactions between their young adult and another person?’