This page is where I will share links to resources that some people may find useful. It will be updated as I find new things and have the time to add things from my collection. It includes, films, documentaries, radio shows, photographic exhibitions, educational resources and organisations / businesses. At the end of the page I have a section for Disability and Aged Care organisations who have developed good, supportive policies and guidelines around supporting peoples’ sexuality, intimacy and relationship needs.
- The Intouchables (2011),
- L’Assistante (2012) (short film)
- The Gift (2013) (short film)
- Hasta la Vista (Come as you are) (2011)
- Scarlet Road trailer (1:43 min): http://www.scarletroad.com.au/trailer/
- ‘I have cerebral palsy and I enjoy having sex’ (4:51 min): https://www.sbs.com.au/news/i-have-cerebral-palsy-and-i-enjoy-having-sex
- Short on Short (2015)
- For One Night Only (BBC, 2007)
- ABC 360 Radio National Program (Australia), The Too Hard Basket, 54 min
(audio and full transcript). This program won The Walkley Award for Social Equity Journalism, The Human Rights Award and Best Documentary from the Asian Broadcasting Union.
- BBC Sounds (UK); Assisted Loving, 28 min
The award-winning photographic exhibitions of Belinda Mason:
Intimate Encounters (2000) : https://intimate-encounters.net.au/
Explores the connections between sexuality and disability through 40 candid images, with participants collaborating with Mason to create their own representation of sexuality and desire. Each piece reflects the diversity of experience in regards to sexual identity, beauty, love, marriage and sexual fantasies. It toured to 32 venues throughout Australia from 2000 to 2007 and nine international cities from 2002 to 2014, including New York, Toronto, London, Barcelona and Auckland.
Outing Disability (2014) : http://outingdisability.com.au/
Examines the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) people with disability and the multilayered levels of discrimination they can face via exclusion from both disability and LGBTIQ communities.Masoncombined the photographic portraits of individuals’ with their personal stories of coming out, dating, transitioning and being able to express themselves in a world where their sexual identity is often negated and invisible to others. This work was supported by Family Planning NSW who has continued to utilise this body of work as educations tool to create community engagement. In addition, five photographs from Intimate Encounters have been developed into educational posters across the state of NSW
Referral List information: https://www.touchingbase.org/sex-workers/referral-list-information-for-sex-workers
Client stories: https://www.touchingbase.org/clients/clients-stories
This Finish organisation has the most amazing resources, free and available online, called Together, comic strips about the variety of sex and relationships: https://comics.sexpo.fi/en/
FPNSW (Family Planning NSW)
FPNSW is much more than just an organisation about birth control, family planning and terminations. They have a wealth of information about sexualily, sexual choices and reproduction. They have a whole Disability section with has some amazing resources, some which are free and available online to download: https://www.fpnsw.org.au/factsheets/individuals/disability
SECCA (based in Perth, Western Australian)
SECCA has developed a range of unique resources to help people of all abilities learn and teach about relationships, sexuality, health and rights. Our resources are picture-based and written in easy English to ensure access and understanding. We use anatomically correct illustrations to remove the ambiguity that often confuses or adds shame to learning about sexuality.
Sexuality, Relationships and Your Rights – A free book about sexuality and the law for people of all abilities
Looking for an Occupational Therapist who specialises in sexuality?
Occupational Therapy Australia has recently added a new category of ‘Sexuality’ to their drop down options in ‘area of practice’: https://otaus.com.au/find-an-ot
Cliterate is an interactive anatomical model created to empower people to understand their own anatomy and the anatomy of others. Cliterate’s spherical, pull-apart design accurately explains the relationship between the clitoris, vulva and pelvis.
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) resources
It’s sometimes hard to find relevant and real photographs of STIs that can be used within an educational setting. Below are a few online resources that outline what STIs are, how they are transmitted and what each of them can look like on different parts of the body. Using medically sourced photographs both resources use pictures to clearly show different stages of how STIs may present. WARNING: some photographs are very graphic.
1. The Red Book: STI & BBV Resources for sex workers by sex workers
Produced by Scarlet Alliance – the Australian Sex Workers’ Association
This resource is available in English, 简体中文 (Chinese (Simplified)), ไทย (Thai), 한국어 (Korean)
This specific page outlines different STIs and Blood Blorn Viruses (BBVs) with the option to click on a link to show photos, also available in all four languages: https://redbook.scarletalliance.org.au/sexually-transmissible-infections-blood-borne-viruses/
2. The STI Atlas:
The Melbourne Sexual Health Centre, Australia, has produced this collection of royalty-free high quality images of STIs as an educational resource
Disability and Aged Care sector – good policies and guidelines
There is still a lack of good and comrehensive policies and guidelines, within the Disability and Aged Care sectors, that have been developed to support peoples’ sexual expression and relationship needs. Below are some examples of fantastic policies and guidelines that have recently been developed.
I commend the organisations for including them within the general suite of freely available and accessible policy and guidelines, instead of having it quietly available only for staff.
If you know of others, please feel free to send them to me.
Policies and Publications : https://www.lwb.org.au/about-us/governance/policy-centre/
Life Without Barriers
LWB Relationships, Intimacy and Sexuality – Policy Guideline:
Policy Centre: https://www.lwb.org.au/about-us/governance/policy-centre/