Disability Sexuality Consent




In this dramatic comedy, Larry and Sophie are trying to find intimacy in a world doing everything to keep them apart. Their night together takes unexpected twists and turns when they bribe their caregiver into booking them a hotel room.

ACCESS FEATURES: Audio Description, ASL Interpretation for panel discussion

On Thursday, May 11, 2017 Community Living Toronto, Reena and Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival Co-Presented the Screening of SANCTUARY at the ReelAbilities Film Festival.

“This film has Changed lives already.” Read why in this article

Panel Discussion – Disability Sexuality and Consent

Here is the full discussion from May 11th, 2017, following the screening of the film Sanctuary at the Al Green Theatre:

We were also live on Facebook and Twitter during the Panel Discussion: watch it here

Rainbow co co channel is a transgender woman with a mild intellectual disability and learning disability born and raised in Scarborough and is a community artist she’s a costume designer and singer and performs all over Toronto and out of Toronto and expresses herself through her disability and sexual identity and orientation and she supports her
friends in the LGBTQ Community she is the coordinator of Rainbows pride in Scarborough and works at the Griffin Centre and is a harm reduction
educator. Rainbow also delivers workshops on LGBTQ and disability and sexual health.

John and Anna Drakes are supported by
Community Living Toronto. They first met when they both attended the same Educational
Program when they were both in their 20’s. In 2009 John and Ann reconnected through mutual friends, and started dating. In late 2010 John and Anna got engaged and decided to move in together After some planning and support they were able to make that happen. They also began
planning their wedding. On July 16, 2011 surrounded by family and friends John and Anna got married.

Sue Hutton, BSW, MSW Sue has worked in developmental services for over 20 years, and has always brought a
passion for advocacy and human rights work along with her. With a background in front line community based advocacy in people’s lives, Sue went on to develop and deliver rights training for staff in the agency setting, and continues to facilitate self-advocacy groups. Issues of legal rights, capacity, consent and decision-making are a major part of the work Sue is engaged with. Sue now is on secondment at ARCH Disability Law Centre. At ARCH Sue is coordinating a province-wide legal rights education initiative called Respecting Rights. In this project, Sue is coordinating development of innovative rights education materials with a team of lawyers and self-advocates and delivering it across Ontario for people labelled with intellectual disability, their staff and their family members. Sue has published on the topic of human rights in the Journal of Developmental Disabilities, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities, and is currently in press with the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies.

Fran Odette is the Program Manager at Springtide Resources where she has collaborated on a number of different projects with Rainbow Health Network, including the Training for Change Project and RAH: Rainbow ASL Health. Fran has been working in the VAW movement for approximately 20 years, with a particular focus on issues impacting women with disabilities and Deaf women. As a trainer/educator, much of Fran’s work has been supporting service providers in the VAW sector as well as social service agencies to make the linkages needed to ensure that all women have access to services. In 2004, Fran co-authored with Cory Silverberg and Dr. Miriam Kaufman, a book entitled The Ultimate Guide to Sex and Disability – For All of Us Who Live with Disabilities, Chronic Pain and Illness. Through Springtide Resources, Fran recently coordinated a 2-year project called Sexuality and Access, examining issues related to sexuality and disability for persons using or providing attendant services across Ontario. Resources were developed including a Train the Trainer Manual, DVD and training 29 people across the province to engage in meaningful discussions on sexuality and disability. Fran is also part-time faculty at George Brown College in the Assaulted Women and Children Counselor Advocate Program and in the Disability Studies Program at Ryerson University.

Doris Rajan is a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto and the Director of Social Development at the Institute for Research and Development on Inclusion and Society (IRIS) where she has focused on addressing violence against women, access to justice, migrant, Indigenous issues and disability rights. Her work involves designing community-based social development and applied research projects with international, national and provincial/territorial organizations. As an educator, Doris has taught community development courses at a variety of post secondary institutions. She has written many training resources and advised national and international NGO’s on how to conduct effective community-based research and development strategies. Doris also splits her time as a professional actress, playwright/screenwriter and filmmaker. She is very proud of her work as the producer and writer of the film The “R” Word with director Pierre Tétrault.

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Rights: connectability.ca/2014/11/06/rights/

Friends and Relationships: connectability.ca/2013/12/12/friends/

Resources for Purchase

Diverse City

*Hand Made Love: Teaching Men With Intellectual Disabilities About Masturbation (book and video set)
*Finger Tips: Teaching Women With Intellectual Disabilities About Masturbation (book and video set)
*Just Say Know (book about teaching abuse prevention skills to people with intellectual disabilities)
*The Key (book about working with sex offenders with intellectual disabilities)

Available for free from Vita Community Living Services

Other Resources

Speaking OUT: Understanding Sexuality and Diversity in LGBTQ+ Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

Parent Books: Disability, Puberty & Sexuality

Respecting Rights Committee Workshops

Woman Recovering from Abuse Program (WRAP)

Trans Youth Mentorship Program

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