In Touch

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.

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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.

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