You think that because youre in a wheelchair or youre disabled that your sex lifes over - not true, says Ron.
The couple is featured on SexAbility, a one-hour documentary that Shaniff Esmail, a University of Alberta professor in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, helped put together alongside Kelly Falardeau, burn survivor and best-selling author. Esmail, PhD, from the Department of Occupational Therapy, is a sexual health expert and was a consultant for the documentary.
When looking at someone with a disability and their sexuality, I think its important to look at it from the context of an able-bodied person without a disability, says Esmail. Just because you have a disability does not mean that youre asexual or that you dont think about sex.
SexAbility chronicles the sex lives of people with disabilities and the lengths they go to enjoy something the rest of us take for granted. Esmail says there is a social stigma surrounding sex and disability that must be broken because sex is for everyone, including people with disabilities.
"Where theres a will, theres a way, he says. Couples who really want to have sex and are interested in resuming sexual activity they will. But a lot of time they need a little bit of a push. They just need someone to tell them that its okay to be sexual. Unfortunately, our society tends to look at individuals with disabilities as asexual its a stigma and its wrong.
Donna says this stigma makes her feel absolutely awful.
Ron and I are normal human beings and we love each other with all our hearts, she says. Theres no reason we shouldnt be able to express our love in a physical way. Weve been on our honeymoon for 20 years now.
SexAbility will be broadcast on AMIs The Accessible Channel - TACtv on Thursday, December 8, 2011, at 9:00 p.m.
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