The rights of the people with disabilities, including the right to information and education about sexuality, are listed in the UN Convention on the Rights of People with disabilities and have been ratified by the European Union and all member states.
With open expression about sexuality and positive sexual or sensual experiences, people usually feel better, have a better self-image, become emotionally stronger and less vulnerable to sexual violence. They are even able to reduce medication in some cases. People with disabilities have the same needs and desires as other people, but often do not have the possibility and opportunity to fully live their sexuality. Aware of this situation, our project has as an objective to improve the general health and psychological well-being of persons with disabilities.
Education is one of the conditions for self-determination and empowerment and, in order to create the conditions for access the sex education, it is necessary to educate health professionals, social workers, caregivers, adult educators, parents as well as people with disabilities themselves.
This innovative project seeks to overcome barriers and prejudices in this sense. Its aim is to spread and promote in a new role, the European educator in special intimacy needs, who is assisting differently-abled people to improve their emotional and sexual requests.
The target group of the outputs and resources developed within this project are:
- Social workers, caregivers, tutors, family members of persons with disabilities
- Non-formal education centres and service providers
- Associations and NGOs
- People with disabilities
The partnership is composed of partners with different backgrounds related to the project topic and complementing each other. Among the partners are two associations of people with disabilities, one association offering psychological assistance, two consultancies and one NGO.