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Breaking Silences Overview

Sex, Sexuality, & Disability

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View the conference schedule for more information on our virtual attendee meeting rooms.

September 22, 23, & 24, 2017 
Wright State University
Student Union
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton, OH 45435

We are hosting this conference to dispel ableist beliefs and provide a safe space for open discussion and learning to promote equality, inclusivity, and social justice.


  • Members of the disability, Deaf, and LGBTQA+ communities
  • Disability rights activists and allies
  • Disability scholars, writers, poets, and artists
  • Members of the professional community who serve the disability and/or Deaf communities (e.g. medicine, mental health, and/or education professionals)


This conference represents a proud claiming of disability identity as a natural and normal human experience that enhances, rather than diminishes, one’s sexuality.

When asked anonymously about their “real” thoughts on disability, people generally describe disability as something that is abnormal, tragic, and to be pitied. Classified in this way, disability becomes something to treat, cure, or correct.  Furthermore, when curative measures are not possible, disability becomes something to tolerate, prevent, or eliminate.

When people are asked what they know or believe about sexuality and disability, they indicate that people with disabilities are asexual, cannot have sex, or should not have sex. Ableist beliefs such as these perpetuate a culture of silence and sexual oppression for the people with disabilities.

Goal and Objectives


To celebrate disability identity and sexuality through the lens of Crip culture.

Learning Objectives

  • Increase cultural competency related to disability, sex, and multiculturalism;
  • Explore the impact of ableism on sexuality and disability identity;
  • Promote sexual freedom and expression as human rights for all people; and
  • Identify what can be done to promote equity and disability justice regarding sexual freedoms.

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