Sexuality and Disability top of the agenda at Newcastle forum

By Alicia Melita, 24 June 2016 , Comments

Newcastle played host to Northcott’s fourth Feel the Vibe disability and sexuality forum yesterday.

At the forum adults with disability got the chance to find out more about services and supports that can help them achieve their goals and reach their sexual potential.

Guest speakers at our event included Paul, a Northcott Taree customer, who spoke about his experience of attending the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras earlier this year.

Paul said it was an emotional experience being alongside “his rainbow family” and said that it felt like “a weight had been lifted off him”.

Northcott customer Paul with Northcott staff member Laura.

Other speakers included representatives from Touching Base and Family Planning NSW, as well as Northcott Occupational Therapist Jaie and Northcott customer Arron.

Jill from Touching Base spoke about all the resources the organisation has available to support people with disability who want to see a sex worker.

Jill from Touching Base at Northcott's Feel the Vibe forum

Jaie from Northcott spoke about barriers to sexual fulfillment and ways to accommodate alter or approach the situation differently.

Steve from Family Planning NSW shared his experience of being a trans male with intellectual disability.

His talk had the audience laughing throughout with his raw and real sense of humour!

Kaidee from Family Planning NSW spoke about the organisation’s sexuality and disability service in Newcastle.

This service offers individual and group-based programs that are tailored to the sexuality support needs of people with disability and those who support them.

Arron from Northcott also spoke about his experience attending Mardi Gras this year and about what it meant to him.

Northcott customer Arron at Feel the Vibe

The forum finished up with attendees given the chance to ask questions, chat about concerns and bounce new ideas around with guest speakers and stall holders.

Keep an eye out for the next Feel the Vibe coming up in October.

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