This includes when meeting with Planners and Assessors from the National Disability Insurance Agency.
Make sure that your sexuality and relationship goals are firmly and loudly on your agenda, otherwise planners and assessors may not ask you any questions about this area of your life goals.
Preparing individuals for this experience may require significant attention to their education about personal rights, public and private parts, boundaries, the right to say no, the concept of infection, the step-by-step process of clinical sexual health checks and so on.
It always stressed me out and usually the other person would be scared away. " Our site is the only one online that serves the specific niche audience of those with a diagnosed mental illness.
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These positions are also consistent with the principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which has been ratified by the Australian Government.
The formal positions above are in contrast to the lived experience of many people living with a disability, who may experience: a lack of permission to learn about, communicate about and express their sexuality and gender; a lack of opportunity to have relationships, exercise choice about sexual activity, or take reasonable risks in their lives.
Any long-term partner of a person with significant injury may also experience a move from lover to carer.
This transition can be a difficult one and it is common for partners to withdraw sexually from their disabled partner for a period of time, as a legitimate way of coping, especially if a brain injury results in the injured person making unreasonable sexual demands.
As awareness of the incidence of sexual abuse has grown in the community, parents’ levels of anxiety and concern have been understandably heightened.
It can be tempting to consider protection of a vulnerable person from all learning about sexual matters in the hope that this will protect them from all sexual experiences. Focusing only on ‘stranger-danger’ rather than building skills in self-assertiveness and understanding about the rules about touch and sexual behaviour can create a false sense of safety for parents and a sense of anxiety for the vulnerable person.
Most sexual abuse occurs at the hands of people who are well known to the vulnerable person.
This includes ‘responsible’ adults as well as peers.
The site was established in 2004 and since then has been operated by a single individual with a diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder.