In Touch gave young disabled people greater and easier access to services and information around sexual health. The project ran from 2007 to 2010 and many of the project resources are still available.
The aim of the project was to provide information and resources so that you can make informed, safer choices about the sex you choose to have (which might be not having sex at all). By taking part, young disabled people were able to influence policy makers and managers of sexual health services, showing that young disabled people have needs as vital as their non-disabled counterparts and that these need to be met.
Through In Touch, young disabled people developed the confidence to protect themselves and their sexual partners; realised that they are the sexual ‘equal’ of non-disabled young people; are now less likely to take part in risky sexual behaviour and will take greater responsibility for their own sexual health.
We like to think of sexual health as being about the whole person; to be sexually healthy, as well as the physical stuff, you also need to consider emotional and mental wellbeing. It’s also about respect (for yourself and others), self-esteem and self-confidence, fun, pleasure, enjoyment and fulfilment.
Watch the films
- Introduction to In Touch
- Drama 1: ‘Susan’ - the social challenges of visual impairment
- Drama 2: ‘Jim’ - parental control and independence
- Drama 3: ‘Brian’ - sexuality and learning disability
- Drama 4: ‘Stuart’ - sex and relationships education and disability
- Drama 5: ‘Julie’ - body image, confidence and dating
- ‘Clubbing It’ is an entertaining documentary made by young disabled people involved in our In Touch and Disability in the Community projects.
- ‘Journey through a Sexual Health Clinic’
- ‘Sex and Disability’ is a short film about Alex Cowan, who recreated the iconic photos of Christine Keeler, sitting astride a wooden Arne Jacobson chair nude, but with Alex sitting nude in her wheelchair.
- ‘Sex on Wheels’ is a film made by Warrington Disability Partnership about disability and sex
- ‘Exposed’ is a 10-minute drama designed for teenagers which deals with the subjects of sexting and cyberbullying.
Download the training resources
- In Touch training resource (PDF)
- Appendix: Social Model of Disability PowerPoint presentation
- Appendix: ‘Sex is Just Like Driving’ PowerPoint presentation
In Touch could not have taken place without the commitment of its partners and, in particular, the young disabled people who gave their time, participation and hard work through the focus groups at Reid Kerr College, Paisley, Warrington Disability Partnership, Treloar College, Hampshire and in London.
The project would not have been possible without the generous support of GlaxoSmithKline.