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Relationships

Relationships, adult friendships and sexual health are important to all beings.

To have a total sense of self and fulfilment, to have trust, love and respect with others is key to overall well being. Some people want and crave relationships and others are happy single.

Attached are links and support for people with all kinds of disabilities to seek relationship support;

Relationships Australia - www.relationships.org.au/

SECCA - www.secca.org.au/

NSW Council for Intellectual Disability - www.nswcid.org.au/health/se-health-pages/sexuality.html

Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Intersex & Queer Disability Support Service - www.glbtdisabilitysupportservices.com.au/

Some Books that may assist

Newly updated “All About Sex”Resource

Family Planning NSW has launched its 108-page book based on a series of fact sheets for people with intellectual disability and the people who support them. It is easy to read and includes colour illustrations to help people with intellectual disability learn about sexuality and relationships. Topics include: bodies, relationships, puberty, menopause, contraception, sex, pregnancy and reproduction, sexual health and sexual assault.  Some people with intellectual disability will be able to read the book independently but most will need the support of a family member, teacher, support worker or advocate. The book is available for $10 (and postage) from its bookshop at www.fpnsw.org.au/bookshop, phone 8752 4307 or email bookshop@fpnsw.org.auAll About Sex contains explicit language and illustrations for the purpose of teaching people with intellectual disability.

Two other new resources:  Troubleshooting Relations on the Autism Spectrum - $31.95, Sexuality and Severe Autism - $34.95 available at www.fpnsw.org.au/bookshop

It’s Not OK, it’s Violence:  Information about Domestic Violence and Women with Disabilities

This thorough resource guide of four parts is for any provider of a service for women with disabilities. Topics:  Accessibility, Access, Inclusion, Human Rights, Social Justice, Case Studies, Medical, Health General, Mental Health.  Author:  Carolyn Frohmader.  Date published:  2007, updated September 2013. ISBN: 09775305 1 5.  An outline of each guide and details of ordering the Manual from Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) are at www.daru.org.au/wp/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/wwda-resource-manual-information.pdf.

1.  Explains exactly what domestic violence is. Women with disabilities have the same rights as anyone else.

2.  Looks at how domestic violence affects women with disabilities and who the perpetrators may be.

3.  Looks at how you can prepare your service to best help your clients.

4.  Includes a comprehensive services directory.

Australian women and girls with disabilities are twice as likely as those without to experience violence throughout their lives. Women with disabilities are 20 per cent of the female population, and more than one-third experience some form of intimate partner violence.

Please let us know here at Oi if there are other resources you think we should list or have helped you: info@oi.org.au