Recently I watched a special episode of the Australian television series Insight on Sex and Disability. I really recommend the episode, it was informative and thought-provoking.

It features interviews with people with disability, sex workers, people working in the disability sector and also family members of people with disability.

Here is the episode description from the SBS website, also available at this link:

‘How do you negotiate sex with a serious disability?

Imagine: you’ve been married to your partner for 25  years. You live with them, love them, are sexually attracted to them, but physical intimacy? Almost impossible.

This is the reality for David and Jenni Heckendorf, who both have profound cerebral palsy that greatly limits their mobility. In order to have sex, they must use the services of a sex worker; a process of extreme trust, vulnerability and financial cost.

They lobbied to use their NDIS funding to access their sex worker, but others are restricted by state laws and regulations around sex work.

Rachel Wotton is one such sex worker, who works with clients with physical and intellectual disabilities.

What if your child had an intellectual disability? How do you teach them about all the nuances of sex and sexuality: consent, attraction, pleasure, emotion, consequences?

Mary McMahon has helped her gay son negotiate porn. Jarrod McGrath teaches sex-ed classes for children with intellectual disabilities.

And what happens, if and when kids come along? What is the most ethical course of action?

This week, Insight is looking at two issues that are definitely not mutually exclusive: sex and disability.’

Watch the episode online using this link: http://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/video/654469699656

For more information about people with disability and the sex industry in Australia, see Touching Base at http://www.touchingbase.org