Edmund Coleman-Fountain In progress
Sexuality and gender are very important parts of who we are – our identity. This is true for disabled and non-disabled people. Sexuality and gender matter to disabled young adults’ as part of their identity or what might be called their ‘intimate rights’.
Disabled young adults may need support with this part of their lives. The sorts of support they may need might be intimate or personal. Some have personal assistants (PAs) to help with their care and support needs.
But this can be seen as a problem by others. For example, Personal Assistants (PAs) can see requests for support with sexual activity as outside of their job role, or may be uncomfortable in different situations (e.g. in LGBT+ venues). Disabled young adults may not know how to negotiate these issues with their PA, or how to manage PAs who respond negatively. To help improve social care for disabled young adults, it is important to find out about these experiences, and explore ways to ensure these important aspects of their lives are fulfilled.
The aims of this study are to:
The study comprises three work packages: