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The Sugar and Spice Festival aims to change the belief that people raised in traditional societies are unable to express themselves when it comes to sex – what are their preferences and attitudes. Perhaps it is their conservative upbringing or the fact that sex has often been a taboo topic not to be spoken of at home. Our aim is to impart positive messages and learning around sex, sexuality and sexual wellness. We want to empower participants to listen, learn and find wellness.

Throughout this festival we will work to change the mindset of participants, freeing them from any cultural norms that have resulted in low sexual self-esteem and a fear of enjoying the pleasures of sex. We aim to fill the gaps on the lack of sexual education and positive role models when it comes to sexuality.

Women’s Intimacy After Injury is Excited to Announce:

Intro to Tantra Class for people with SCI

During this 4 week course, you will:
  • Learn the origin of tantra and how it can be effective in creating sensation and full body orgasm in those with spinal cord injuries
  • Connect more deeply to yourself and those around you, and learn how to create blissful states in your body just through breathing. 
  • Learn about sexual energetics, and how you can create organismic states in your body through breath and visualization.
  • Explore tantra basics, and learn breathing techniques to evoke a range of specific physical responses.
  • Open your heart to greater love and your body to more bliss
  • Enjoy gentle, safe, and authentic exchanges with others
  • Feel honored and loved just as you are
Every Thursday starting October 29th through November 19th
4-6pm PT/ 7-9pm ET

At get2gether, we believe that everyone has the right to love and friendship. We also believe that people meeting each other should be easy, fun and accessible. That’s why we arrange social activities for people with disabilities in safe and friendly places in Edinburgh and the Lothians, (Scotland UK). 

get2gether responded very quickly to the lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are now offering the same sense of community our members enjoyed but in the virtual world. We welcome new members – all you need to do to join is fill out the membership form.  

More about our work on here.

Understanding Autism
3 Essential Strategies 

How to better understand and communicate with autistic people without being held hostage by the medical industry.

Books

1. Supporting Disabled People with their Sexual Lives: A Clear Guide for Health and Social Care Professionals by Tuppy Owens

Many health and social care professionals today feel untrained, fearful and ill-equipped to support their disabled patients, clients and service users in their sexual lives. The result is that disabled people can be left feeling frustrated and afraid that their sexual needs will be forever unrecognised and unmet.

This is a straight-talking guide to supporting disabled people with their sexual lives. It covers the range of difficulties disabled people experience, from physical limitations to problems such as lack of acceptance, knowledge and skills. The real difficulties professionals experience are also covered with positive suggestions, and a chapter on communication discusses how to discuss sex. Sections follow on the sexual services available to help, and the wide range of sexual diversities which disabled people can and do enjoy. A chapter by Claire de Than covers the law.

This clear, down-to-earth guide will be essential reading for all those working with or supporting disabled people, from care home workers and managers to social workers, medical staff and therapists.

2. Regain that Feeling: Secrets to Sexual Self-Discovery by Mitchell S. Tepper, PhD, MPH

Surviving a serious injury or illness, or living with a chronic condition, brings a host of physical changes, emotional responses, and relationship challenges. Often you are left feeling like less of a man or woman, defective, undeserving of love, fearing rejection, and avoiding sex. However, injury or illness doesn’t have to end your sex life.

Through sharing his own story of sexual self-discovery after breaking his neck at age 20, and the stories of research participants and coaching clients, Dr. Tepper, a renowned Sexologist and AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator and Counselor, reveals the secrets that will guide you back to feeling whole and fully alive again.

3. Challenge the Moment

Shot point blank in the side of the neck, Michael Kiel was completely paralyzed from the neck down on April 16, 1993. As a 19-year-old sophomore at Penn State – Altoona campus, the world he knew vanished. It was turned upside down and inside out, and the next four months in the hospital and rehab center would test every fiber of his being. This memoir is about his perspective on life – his entire life – before, during, and after a life-altering spinal cord injury. He shares many of his highs and lows, the importance of humor, and the incredible support around him. His brutally honest life story, along with his poems and humorous anecdotes, will inspire others to discover humor and strength through their own challenging moments.

4. The Routledge Handbook of Disability and Sexuality

This handbook provides a much-needed holistic overview of disability and sexuality research and scholarship. With authors from a wide range of disciplines and representing a diversity of nationalities, it provides a multi-perspectival view that fully captures the diversity of issues and outlooks.

Organised into six parts, the contributors explore long-standing issues such as the psychological, interpersonal, social, political and cultural barriers to sexual access that disabled people face and their struggle for sexual rights and participation. The volume also engages issues that have been on the periphery of the discourse, such as sexual accommodations and support aimed at facilitating disabled people’s sexual well-being; the socio-sexual tensions confronting disabled people with intersecting stigmatised identities such LGBTBI or asexual; and the sexual concerns of disabled people in the Global South. It interrogates disability and sexuality from diverse perspectives, from more traditional psychological and sociological models, to various subversive and post-approaches and queer theory. This handbook examines the cutting-edge, and sometimes ethically contentious, concerns that have been repressed in the field.

With current, international and comprehensive content, this book is essential reading for students, academics, researchers in the areas of disability, gender and sexuality, as well as applied disciplines such as healthcare practitioners, counsellors, psychology trainees, and social workers.

5. The Handi Book of Love, Lust & Disability

The Handi Book of Love, Lust and Disability unearths new conversations on sex, love, relationships and disability. It’s beautifully designed and full of raw, powerful and inspiring stories, poetry and artwork from 50 phenomenal disabled contributors from around the world. . 

All profits will fund the development of Handi’s first ever line of sex toys designed with and for disabled people. . Help us put pleasure within reach!

6. How to Be Sick: Your Pocket Companion

Toni Bernhard is the author of the award-winning  How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and their Caregivers, (Second Edition, 2018), now available as a pocket-sized guide for those who’ve read How to Be Sick and those who haven’t. She is also the author of two other popular books: How to Wake Up: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide to Navigating Joy and Sorrow and How to Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness: A Mindful Guide. Her blog, “Turning Straw Into Gold” is hosted by Psychology Today online. Visit her website at www.tonibernhard.com  

7. Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century

One in five people in the United States lives with a disability. Some disabilities are visible, others less apparent—but all are underrepresented in media and popular culture. Now, just in time for the thirtieth anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, activist Alice Wong brings together this urgent, galvanizing collection of contemporary essays by disabled people.

From Harriet McBryde Johnson’s account of her debate with Peter Singer over her own personhood to original pieces by authors like Keah Brown and Haben Girma; from blog posts, manifestos, and eulogies to Congressional testimonies, and beyond: this anthology gives a glimpse into the rich complexity of the disabled experience, highlighting the passions, talents, and everyday lives of this community. It invites readers to question their own understandings. It celebrates and documents disability culture in the now. It looks to the future and the past with hope and love.

8.  Orgasmic Yoga: Masturbation, Meditation and Everything In-Between

Orgasmic Yoga is an intimate way of stretching our capacity for pleasure. The premise is that an individual engages in solo sex or self-pleasuring for 30 minutes a day (with 30 days recommended as a suitable duration). Besides recommending 30 unique daily practices, this book will introduce you to seven tools to have a more ecstatic life: pelvic floor exercises, breath, sound, movement, touch, intention and fantasy.

Podcast

The DISIRabilityALT podcast was created by Angela Car (she/her) to explore the connection between Disability, Desire and Alternative Relationships (including Kink, Poly, and Power Exchange). It can be found at Http://DISIRabilityALT.castos.com. Angela (a queer, kinky and disabled woman) and her various guests share their unique thoughts and experiences. DISIRabilityALT is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and Stitcher. 

DisabilityAfterDark Podcast

Andrew Gurza is a Disability Awareness Consultant and Cripple Content Creator.  In his work, he seeks to explore how the lived experience of disability feels, as it interplays with intersectional communities.  By using hashtags like #diSAYbled, #DisabilityAfterDark, #BearinAChair and #KissAQueerCripple Andrew shares his lived experiences of disability, queerness, sexuality and body image in a raw, vulnerable and unapologetic fashion.   

He has presented all across North America on sex and disability as a Queer Crippled man. His written work has been highlighted in Out Magazine, The Advocate and Huffington Post.    

The Aspie World – YouTube Channel

You need to know these Asperger Symptoms to identify if someone is on the Autism Spectrum. Aspergers Symptoms can be the key to getting a formal diagnosis of Autism. Like, comment and SUBSCRIBE to keep up to date with my videos. Uploads weekly!

Articles

Other Resources

  1.  YouTube Playlist on Sexuality and Disabilities
  2. VICE – Inside the Controversial World of Medically Assisted Sex
  3. CBC Radio: medically-assisted-sex-how-intimacy-coaches-offer-sexual-therapy-for-people-with-disabilities-1.4595156
  4. Living Your Life: Sexuality Following Spinal Cord Injury 
  5. Sexuality and My Teenage Children with Autism
  6. 35+ Movies on Human Sexuality
  7. Let’s talk about sex, intimacy and relationships…
  8. Talking about sex, sexuality and relationships: Guidance and standards
  9. Sex and Paralysis Video Series

Accessible Tantra: Stop, Focus, and Connect (4:07)

Pleasure Maps: The Importance of Touch (4:41)

Sexual Positions for Women with Paralysis: Creativity, Adaptability and Sense of Humor (8:00)

Sexual Positions for Men with Paralysis: Creativity, Adaptability and Sense of Humor (4:00)

Vibrators: Vibrations to Amplify Sensations (2:32)

Don’t Let Paralysis Keep You Down: Solutions for Erectile Dysfunction (5:38)

Certification

Somatic Sex Education Professional Training: Certificate in Sexological Bodywork (CSB) & Certificate in Somatic Sex Education (CSSE)

UK and Ireland Professional Training. This 7 month program trains and certifies somatic sex educators. Certified Sexological Bodyworkers and Certified Somatic Sex Educators are certified sexologists who focus on somatic sex education. Whilst this involves learning and developing skills in a range of modalities, the main focus of the training is on learning how to facilitate client agency with their decision-making about how they are touched. As such, sessions are co-created with an educational focus