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Edited by Rohhss Chapman, Sue Ledger and Louise Townson with Daniel Docherty

Sexuality and Relationships in the Lives of People with Intellectual Disabilities

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Catalog No. 29094

Wide-ranging, authoritative and grounded in the expertise of people with intellectual disabilities, this book offers an authentic account of the challenges those with intellectual disabilities face in their relationships and sex lives across the globe and explores what society needs to do to respect their rights.

Drawing extensively on personal experiences, this important volume looks at sexuality and relationships in the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, painting a genuine picture of the range of sexualities and relationships people want.

Honest and reflective, it shows how sexuality has been managed and controlled in different countries. It explores a range of issues such as rights, resilience, protection, sexual oppression and the lack of privacy for those living in care institutions. Co-edited and with contributions by people with intellectual disabilities and allies, this unique book offers an authentic account of the challenges people face and what society needs to do to respect people's rights. Providing insight into a morally, ethically and legally complex area, this book will be essential reading for people with intellectual disabilities, their advocates, families and supporters; social care managers, social workers, and other professionals working in the field as well as academic researchers and students.

"This important book brings together contributors from across the world to remind us of the desires of, and the restrictions placed upon, the sexual lives of people with the label of intellectual disabilities. Combining an accessible writing style, with shared contributions from activists and academics, this text centralizes sex and sexuality at the heart of a politics of intellectual disability."--Dan Goodley, professor of disability studies and education, the University of Sheffield, England

"[The authors] use people's stories and experiences, researching into the thoughts and memories of people who use services as well as the staff who worked with them. This gives us a useful and very readable historical perspective... They repeatedly highlight the issue of protection and safety verses rights to a sex life and how difficult it is to enshrine both in any law...the issues of equality and diversity are naturally included.... People's stories from around the world also remind us of the role religion has to play in this, from influencing laws and policy to restrictions in sex education."--Andrew Holeman, Director of Inspired Services Publishing Ltd Community Living

Rohhss Chapman, PhD, is Lecturer in Learning Disability Studies at the University of Manchester and co-director of Carlisle People First Research Team and a member of the Social History of Learning Disabilities (SHLD) Group at the Open University. She is a feature editor at Learning Disability Today and has written widely on learning disabilities. She is co-author of Exploring Experiences of Advocacy by People with Learning Disabilities.

Sue Ledger is the representative for The Social History of Learning Disabilities Group, set up in 1994 to research the history of learning disability in the 20th century. She is a visiting research fellow in the Faculty of health and Social Care at the Open University. She is particularly interested in person-centered planning and the design of person-centered teams in statutory services, housing and support planning for people with high support needs, health inequalities, consent frameworks and the protection of vulnerable adults.

Louise Townson was a women's advocacy worker with Cumbria People First and is currently co-director of Carlisle People First Research team and a visiting lecturer and Partnership Steering Group member of Learning Disability Studies at the University of Manchester.

Daniel Docherty was previously a co-ordinator for the Friendship Group in Manchester City and was on the board of the Manchester Partnership and involved in Manchester People First. He is a Visiting Lecturer and Partnership Steering Group member of Learning Disability Studies at the University of Manchester.

Sexuality and Relationships in the Lives of People with Intellectual Disabilities includes contributions by: Takako Ueto, Jackie Downer, Carol Hamilton, Eyglo Ebba Hreinsdottir, joe McGrath, Lindy Shufflebotham, Niall McNulty, Ruth Garbutt, Patsie Frawley, Chris Bigby, Pauline Skehan, Nigel Ingham, Rob Hopkins, Linda Strickland, Patrick Kearney, Ger Minogue, Janet Corry, Lee-Ann Monk, Gudrun V Stefansdottir, Claire Azzopardi-Lane, Sigurjon Jonni Gretarsson, Kelley Johnson, Alan, Janice Slattery, Eiji Tsuda, Bill, Craig Blyth, Steve Mee, Sharon Harrison, Kathleen O'Leary, Toon Maillard, Peter, Jan Walmsley, Clare Miller, Linnette Farquarson, Rachel Fyson, Adam Koronka

230 pages. 2014


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