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Let's Talk Disability and Sex

A connection day to discuss sexuality and young people with disabilities

Our team at the Bloorview Research Institute is hosting a virtual event to connect young adults with disabilities, parents of children with disabilities, healthcare workers, and researchers. 

When: Wednesday April 28 2021 from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM (EDT)


In Canada, there are few educational resources on sexuality for young people with disabilities that are easy to access and based on research. Within healthcare, many healthcare workers do not feel like they can discuss the sexuality needs of young people with disabilities. So, we want to bring together people who are interested and working in this area in order to discuss the problems and come up with solutions!

The aim of this day is to:

  • Bring together young adults with disabilities, parents of children with disabilities, healthcare workers, and researchers
  • Create an accessible resource that will help start the conversation on sexuality
  • Share the research on sexuality and disability
  • Come up with new research questions and identify poorly understood problems

The virtual event will be structured as follows:

9:00 AM-9:15 AMWelcome
9:15 AM-10:00 AM

Talk Theme 1: Early intimate relationships
Speaker: Dr. Loree Erickson (15 min)
Speaker: Gabriella Carafa (15 min)
Q&A (15 min)

10:00 AM-10:45 AM

Talk Theme 2: Meaningful sexual lives and sexual rights
Speaker: Dr. Shannif Esmail (15 min)
Speaker: Rainbow Hunt (15 min)
Q&A (15 min)

10:45 AM-11:30 AM

Talk Theme 3: Multiple and converging identities
Speaker: Alan Santinele Martino (15 min)
Speaker: Mari  Ramsawakh (15 min)
Q&A (15 min)

11:30 AM-12:00 PMLunch and Art Exhibition
12:00 PM-12:30 PM

Panel Discussion:
What are the research gaps?
What is the greatest need for educational aids and resources?

12:30 PM-12:45 PM

Information Sharing:
Sharing findings from our recent research

12:45 PM-1:45 PM

Small Group Discussion:
Reflecting on the themes and panel discussion - what inspired you?

1:45 PM-2:15 PMBringing It All Together:
Prioritization & Vote!
2:15 PM-2:30 PMClosing Remarks

Stay tuned for further details!