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I bring this up because my mother didn't share a lot of sex ed stuff with me at home because of illness.
This infantilization is not uncommon in the disability world, especially for kids,” she said.
They don’t see them as wanting relationships,” Gunderson told me when I met her and the rest of the Health Connected team at their office in Redwood City, California.
When I asked why students with disabilities have historically been excluded from sexual education, Jennifer Rogers, who also works as a health education specialist at Health Connected, chimed in.
While people often just don’t see disabled people as being sexual beings, they are.Kirsten, who due to numerous chronic illnesses has lived with disability since she was five years old, was not exposed to information regarding her sexual health and bodily autonomy.“I dealt with sexual abuse from another child right after I fell ill, and this continued for years.Though roughly 15% of adults around the world (that’s nearly one billion people), and over 20 million adults in the U. between the ages of 18 and 64 have a disability, when it comes to disability and sex, there’s a disconnect.
People with disabilities often have rich and satisfying sex lives.
“In general, the topic of sex is something that is challenging for a lot of people to talk about.