   Provider of disability services for 20 years in    Victoria & Queensland   Bridging the Gap & STA House   Intellectu...
   Our Vision    Inclusive, accessible and healthy communities   Our Mission    Interact Australia works to promote soci...
In the realm of sexuality and disability there is public discourseon deviance and inappropriate behaviour, abuse andvictim...
One institution that has not ignored sexual pleasure is themedia. However, the media has exploited sexual pleasure forgain...
Pleasure is an affirmation of life. Pleasure is often defined as anaddition to life or a form of luxury rather than a cent...
   Social Model of Health   Human RightsFamily Planning QueenslandEvery Body Needs to Know: A Sexual andReproductive Hea...
   Private Bodies   Puberty   Periods   Relationships   Sexual Relationships   Pregnancy Information   Feeling Good...
   The Partnership:    ◦   Interact Australia    ◦   Odyssey House Victoria    ◦   Taskforce Community Agency    ◦   Yout...
   To be a leading provider of therapeutic and    community based services to clients with    complex needs at the inters...
   The Partnership:    ◦ Stepping Up Consortium    ◦ Corrections Victoria    ◦ Department of Human Services (Disability S...
   By helping offenders to build the necessary conditions (i.e. internal and    external capacities) for meeting their ne...
   the emotional sense of feeling good in the present    time –the state of happiness   The primary good of pleasure in ...
   Shuttleworth, in his introduction to a recent issue of the    Sexuality Research and Social Policy journal, writes:   ...
Like many service providers, Interact has a longway to go. Being genuinely self-directed and person-  centred Wrap Aroun...
Helen Killmier -  My Home, Your Workplace...Disability & Sexuality Forum
Helen Killmier -  My Home, Your Workplace...Disability & Sexuality Forum
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Helen Killmier - My Home, Your Workplace...Disability & Sexuality Forum

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Presentation by Helen Kilmier – General Manager of Community Services Interact Australia at the My Home, Your Workplace...Disability & Sexuality Forum -
Enabling people with disabilities to express and fulfill their sexual identity, needs and desires.
Forum held on Wednesday 18 April 2012
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Helen Killmier - My Home, Your Workplace...Disability & Sexuality Forum

  1. 1.  Provider of disability services for 20 years in Victoria & Queensland Bridging the Gap & STA House Intellectual Disability & Homelessness Job Services Australia & Disability Employment Services Registered Training Organisation Strategic Policy, Planning & Research Unit
  2. 2.  Our Vision Inclusive, accessible and healthy communities Our Mission Interact Australia works to promote social inclusion, health and wellbeing, prioritising people with the highest needs and supporting people to achieve their full potential.
  3. 3. In the realm of sexuality and disability there is public discourseon deviance and inappropriate behaviour, abuse andvictimization, asexuality, gender and orientation, andreproductive issues in women and men.The pleasurable aspect of sex in our culture has been largelyignored, vilified, or exploited. Our families, public schools,religious institutions, and medical establishment have adoptedthe “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy of sexual education.Tepper, M.S. (2000). Sexuality and Disability: The Missing Discourse of Pleasure, Sexuality and Disability,Vol. 18, (4).
  4. 4. One institution that has not ignored sexual pleasure is themedia. However, the media has exploited sexual pleasure forgain. Sex is portrayed as a privilege of the white, heterosexual,young, single and non-disabled. Sexual pleasure is held out asa reward for buying the right product and targeted to marketswith the most disposable income.Sexuality as a source of pleasure and as an expression of love isnot readily recognized for populations that have beentraditionally marginalized in society. Sexual portrayals of peoplewho are older, who are larger, who are darker, who are gayer,who have mental health issues or a disability,or who just do notfit the targeted market profile have been conspicuouslyabsent in mainstream media.
  5. 5. Pleasure is an affirmation of life. Pleasure is often defined as anaddition to life or a form of luxury rather than a centrallymotivating and defining feature of social action.Pleasure adds meaning to our lives. Sexual pleasure isparticularly powerful in making one feel alive. It can add a senseof connectnedness to the world or to each other. It can heal asense of emotional isolation so many of us feel even though weare socially integrated. It can help build our immunity againstmedia messages that can make us feel as if we don’t deservepleasure.We must be advocates for the inclusion of sexuality and sexualhealth in disability studies, politics, public discourse and serviceprovision.
  6. 6.  Social Model of Health Human RightsFamily Planning QueenslandEvery Body Needs to Know: A Sexual andReproductive Health Education Resource forTeaching People with a Disabilityhttp://www.fpq.com.au/publications/teaching Aids/everybody_know.php
  7. 7.  Private Bodies Puberty Periods Relationships Sexual Relationships Pregnancy Information Feeling Good Being Safe Sexual Health Checks
  8. 8.  The Partnership: ◦ Interact Australia ◦ Odyssey House Victoria ◦ Taskforce Community Agency ◦ Youth Projects Working together for 4 years The Work of Stepping Up: ◦ Judy Lazarus Transition Centre (JLTC) ◦ Supported Transition Accommodation (STA)House ◦ Alcohol & Drug Services (therapeutic counselling, consultancy and continuing care (CCCC) activity)
  9. 9.  To be a leading provider of therapeutic and community based services to clients with complex needs at the intersection of addiction, disability, mental health, unemployment and justice sectors by identifying gaps in service provision and developing innovative responses that deliver improved client outcomes.
  10. 10.  The Partnership: ◦ Stepping Up Consortium ◦ Corrections Victoria ◦ Department of Human Services (Disability Services Division) ◦ Yarra Community Housing The Accommodation: ◦ 10 bed residential ◦ Staffed 24/7 A supported transitional accommodation and support service for men with cognitive impairment, exiting Victorian correctional facilities
  11. 11.  By helping offenders to build the necessary conditions (i.e. internal and external capacities) for meeting their needs in adaptive pro-social ways, the associated effect is that they will be less likely to harm others and themselves. As such, the enhancement of offender well-being (in a goods promotion sense) directly functions to reduce risk and protect the community. There are 11 basic human goods: Life Knowledge Excellence in play Excellence in work Excellence in agency Inner Peace Relatedness Community Spirituality Pleasure Creativity
  12. 12.  the emotional sense of feeling good in the present time –the state of happiness The primary good of pleasure in this sense refers to a state of being (feeling good in the here and now), and the overall experience of being content with one’s life. It is often reflected in feelings of pleasure and deep satisfaction. Sometimes, the leisure activity may be for its own sake, just because it brings joy to the person in the present tense, and as such the activity is really about pleasure. Instrumental goods may include engaging in sex, enjoyment of food, massage or sport where the goal sought is at least partly, a feeling of deep contentment or pleasure. www.goodlivesmodel.com
  13. 13.  Shuttleworth, in his introduction to a recent issue of the Sexuality Research and Social Policy journal, writes: "It is impossible to do justice to all of the sexual issues that are emerging as important for people with a disability. But they include the following: access for women with a disability to quality reproductive health care; the use of sexual surrogates and sex workers; poor sexual self- esteem and body image; lack of positive media images of disability and sexuality; negative and non-supportive staff attitudes toward the sexuality of disabled people; difficulties in accessing interpersonal contexts in which sexual relationships with others are usually cultivated; disability fetishism; and the multiple oppressions that ethnic and sexual minorities face."
  14. 14. Like many service providers, Interact has a longway to go. Being genuinely self-directed and person- centred Wrap Around Services Education Policies Recruitment Workplace Health & Safety

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