Breaking the taboo – disability and sex

Monday, 19 Mar 2012, 05:34


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A seminar on 17 April 2012 will tackle a subject that is frequently avoided: sex and persons with disability. Matthew Bartolo says: “There are said to be three things we tend not to discuss with people with a learning disability – death, learning disability and sex.  But Lennon and McCartney didn't sing “All You Need is Sex” - they spoke about needing love!  Life without close adult relationships is poorer and lonelier for any of us.  “And the Lord God said 'It is not good for the man to be alone' ” (Genesis 2:18).

Bartolo says that is why this seminar will look at what we mean by 'learning disability' and what needs to happen to enable emancipation. 

The seminar will be facilitated by George O’Neil MBACP (Accred.) who is a counsellor, life coach and trainer.  At one time he was head teacher of a school for young people with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.   He has qualifications in family therapy, counselling, NLP and Gender and Sexual Diversity.  For several years he has worked as a counsellor with adults described as having learning disabilities.  He believes that, to bring about change in your life, it's more powerful to work on what it is you want, rather than on what it is you don't want!

The seminar is being organised by Willingness, a company that facilitates and organises workshops and teachings about sex and sexuality related issues for parents, couples and professionals.  A workshop with the same title will also be organised for psychologists, doctors, nurses, psychiatric nurses, social and youth workers, learning support assistants, and students. 

The seminar will take place on Tuesday, 17th April at 6pm till 8pm.  For more information please contact Sarah Spiteri on 00356 7981 9820, or Matthew Bartolo on or 00356 7920 9062



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