Every adult should have the opportunity to express their sexuality. People with a disability have the same rights to love, affection, and interpersonal relationships as anyone else.
This was recognised on the 31st of May this year, when the Hon John Ajaka MLC, Minster for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services and Minister for Multiculturalism, helped to launch Touching Base’s new resources at NSW Parliament.
Touching Base Inc. developed out of the need to assist people with a disability and sex workers to connect with each other, helping to overcome issues around access, discrimination, human rights and the attitudinal barriers that these two communities can face.
People with a disability living in Australia can seek to access a referral to a sex worker by using an online Referral Request Form. The new resources launched in May include a series of books designed to assist people with a disability to understand everything they may need to know when seeking to access a sex worker, including consent, safety and how they can communicate – either directly, or through a case worker – to help the sex worker to understand their requests.
For more information on the service, visit Touching Base Inc’s website https://www.touchingbase.org/