Feel the Vibe: Northcott hosts sex and disability expo
The Feel the Vibe Expo will lift the taboo on sex and disability, providing adults with a physical disability, their families and carers with a safe space to discuss and share issues surrounding sexuality and disability.
The expo will be held in Parramatta on March 14 and is being described by organisers as a first of its kind. The expo will cover two sessions, with each session featuring a screening of SBS documentary Scarlet Road which follows the groundbreaking work by sex worker Rachel Wotton; who will be on hand to discuss her experiences working with people with disability.
People attending will have the chance to purchase accessible adult products and enquire about services. The afternoon session will focus on carers and families, while the evening session will allow people attending to have a chance to look at the “nuts and bolts’ of sexuality, dispell myths and create discussions on the barriers people living with disability face to achieving sexual goals.
“Having a disability should be no barrier to making choices in life but many people with disabilities are still denied the chance to make choices in the area of sexual fulfilment,” Northcott Chief Executive Officer Kerry Stubbs said. “In this day and age that’s unacceptable and only a shift in attitudes will change this."
Stubbs said by hosting the Feel the Vibe expo, Northcott hopes to give people with disabilities, parents, carers and disability sector staff the chance to get information that could help them achieve their goals.
“We know that this expo might be seen as controversial by some people but we believe that every person has the right to achieve their goals and are committed to helping them do that.
“And that’s even if the goal happens to be achieving basic sexual fulfilment – something many of us take for granted.”
The Feel the Vibe expo will take place on March 14 at the Northcott Function Centre at 1 Fennell Street, Parramatta. RSVP is essential.