From Injury to Intimacy: Embracing Sexuality after SCI

Everyone is deserving of the opportunity to give and receive love. Once someone sustains a severe disability, such as a spinal cord injury, they are often perceived, by themselves and others, as asexual beings; sidekicks, mascots, or friends. Yet, their sexual urges and desire for intimacy continue to exist. One impact of inadequate sexual education and counseling is that these initial perceptions frequently become reality, leaving many individuals with SCI living unnecessarily diminished lives. With accurate sexual information, conveyed in a non-judgmental setting, persons with SCI can form new self-perceptions and can be empowered to embrace their sensual potential as sexual beings. This results in the formation of realistic hope for finding a mate, creating intimacy, and leading a fulfilling life. 

This project aims to educate persons with SCI and medical professionals about sexuality and intimacy through a series of conferences, videos and workshops that address the pragmatics of sex after injury, as well as foundations needed for developing meaningful intimate relationships.

Did you miss the 2017 Health Professionals Conference?

You can now watch it here

Spinal Cord injury Sexuality Conference for Healthcare Professionals

Did you miss the 2017 Consumer Conference? 

Sexuality Conference for People with Spinal Cord Injuries 

Don't fear, we are shooting and editing a series of short videos on the importance of sex, love and intimacy after spinal cord injury, to be released for National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month in September 2017. These videos will feature footage from the 2017 Sexuality Conference for People With Spinal Cord Injuries at Mount Sinai, personal interviews with people living with spinal cord injury, as well as some more demonstrative portions, using positioning devices and sex toys. Check back soon.



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