"Physical disability" covers an incredibly wide range of conditions, and so you're probably wondering how we're going to cover them all. We're not.
The brain is the most important sexual organ in the human body, and our sexuality derives from our thoughts and feelings – not from our genitals or other body parts. Most children with physical disabilities have the same thoughts and feelings about sex and sexuality as children without physical disabilities. And, consequently, all of the information that applies to parents of children with typical development also applies to you. In a moment, we're going to send you off to the same pages that we created for parents of children with typical development. You can go there right away, but first we suggest that you take a look at the rest of this page. Here you'll find links to two articles that specifically address physical disabilities. You will also notice a link to "Additional Resources" that are specific to physical disabilities and sexuality. Check out these resources as well as the ones we collected for parents of children with typical development.
For Parents of Children with Typical Development
Sex and Physical Disabilities
There is really only one thing that you need to know about sex and physical disability… people with physical disabilities have sex, too. Beyond that, it’s pretty much impossible to generalize. Read more.
Sex and Specific Physical Disabilities
Disability can potentially impact any aspect of a person’s sexuality. People with disabilities may wonder if anyone will find them sexually desirable, if their partners will stay with them, if they will ever enjoy sex again, or if they can have children. Some may decide to ignore sexuality issues altogether because they believe these issues no longer apply to them. Read more.
We're not in the business of reinventing the wheel. There are so many great resources out there, both in print and online, and all you have to do is click on the first link below to see what we mean.
The resources you'll find there are specific to physical disabilities and sexuality. We also encourage you to take a thorough look at the additional resources that we collected for parents of children with typical development. You'll find that link below too.
Additional Resources (for parents of children with physical disabilities)
Additional Resources (for parents of children with typical development)
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