Disability Rights

Disabled people have the same right (as non-disabled people) to be treated as equal individuals in all areas of life. This includes the acceptance of their sexuality, their right to acknowledge and develop their sexual being; and acceptance as a sexual being in the wider community of disabled and non-disabled people.

Every person has the right to express his or her sexuality. This includes the right to make choices about their sexual existence. It includes the right to form sexual relationships and marry. It includes the right to conceive, give birth to and raise and care for children.

Disabled people have the right to accurate and complete information that will enable them to make these choices well, and take any appropriate action that their decisions might imply.

There is a right to full and open education about sexuality, sexual development and safer sex; and for support around issues of communication, self-image and self-esteem, relationships, and boundaries.

We all have the right to expect that sexual expression is a natural and important part of human life. Perceptions that deny sexuality for disabled people deny a basic right of expression.

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