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.
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.