Feel the Vibe is coming to Wagga Wagga

By Claire Absolum, 12 September 2017 , Comments

It’s not often that you hear the subject of disability and sexuality openly talked about.

That will soon be changing when Northcott hosts it’s seventh Feel the Vibe event in beautiful Wagga Wagga on 14 September.

Feel the Vibe is a two-day event which explores the world of disability, relationships and sexuality for people with disability who are aged 18 years and over.

Northcott started hosting the event three years ago after many customers expressed an interest in exploring the area but had limited options to do so.

Since Northcott’s first Feel the Vibe expo was held in Parramatta in 2014, the event has gone from strength to strength and has since been held in Canberra, Newcastle, Ballina, Campbelltown and Penrith.

The event has been well-received by a wide range of attendees, with past participants commenting that they, ‘loved the relaxed non-judgemental environment’ and that the experience was ‘eye opening and satisfying.’

Feel the Vibe will run over two sessions at Wagga RSL Club. The first is a forum which will run from 10am to 12pm and feature guest speakers discussing topics like sexual health, barriers to expressing your sexuality, social and sexual safety, as well as sexuality supports in an NDIS world.

The second session runs from 6pm to 9pm and includes exhibitor stalls, adult product displays and entertainment.

Speaking at the event will be Teddy Cook, a representative of ACON, an organisation dedicated to supporting the health and wellbeing of members of the LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer) community.

Teddy says events like Feel the Vibe are important because they get the message out there that people with disability are sexual beings just like any other person. “I think broadly speaking, disability can be either asexualised or fetishized, so it’s really important to normalise that and get the message out there that it’s just really normal.”

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