Let’s not beat around the bush here, almost everyone thinks about sex, but for some reason it’s a subject which rarely comes up when talking about disabled people.
An organization which specialises on sexual pleasure for people with disabilities is striving to break down the barriers they are not left out single handily beneath the bedsheets.
Co-founder and chief executive of Handi, Heather Morrison told LADbible: "Hundreds of millions of people around the world are unable to self-pleasure due to hand limitations. This has a negative effect not only on their human right to self-pleasure, but on their mental, physical and societal health.
"Shockingly, despite tens of thousands of sex toys on the market, none have been designed for hand limitations."
To go with their campaign Handi have released a range of accessible sex toys which feature large buttons or chin controls.
Morrison said: "We live in a society that is still squirmy about sex, layer on top of that masturbation and people get really awkward, layer on top of that disability and its a non-topic.
"Disabled people are often believed to be non-sexual, infantilised or fetishised. Unfortunately, this is reinforced culturally and systemically as they are removed from conversations about sexuality and sex education.
"They are often not seen as 'people' with normal needs, urges and feelings. The more we don't talk about it, see this topic as a taboo and hide it away, the more the problem and frustrations persist."
As well as the toys there’s also the Handi Book which includes a contribution from former Paralympian Elle Steele backing the campaign.
Steele said: "Having sex, being sexy or allowing someone to see you in a sexual way is vulnerable, and people see disability as vulnerable too, but in the negative sense of the word.
"You're meant to able to do 'all the things' to 'have the sexiest body' to 'be desirable' which, each human is, but the media profits off our insecurities, so why would they want to flaunt something as 'scary and shameful' as disability?
"My sexuality and sexual thoughts are just like yours. I have desires, I have like and dislikes. I see myself as whole and beautiful. The only 'worries' I ever have about my body and its abilities have been fed to me by dickheads on dating apps or the media who have been too scared to celebrate my body. "
Handi’s co-founder and Chief Disability Officer Andrew Gurza said: "I want people to know that disabled people 100 per cent have sexual thoughts and feelings, and they are totally valid, no matter what they are. I also want people to understand that disabled sex looks and feels different than non-disabled sex, and that's okay. In fact, it can make disabled sex even better.”
For more information head to the Handi website.
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