This is a book crammed with information. Information about some of the challenges faced by those who wish to maintain a kinky life, and have "disabilities" to overcome. The Issue Coordinator -- herself a specialist on issues involving most disabilities -- has done a remarkable job finding lucid writers to cover a representative sampling of disabilities. Authors have written articles about being wheel-chair bound, about being blind, being deaf, and about some of the surprises/challenges that can come from living and playing with someone with clinically diagnosed mental disorders.
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From the Coordinator of this Issue BDSM and the Disability Dynamic By Angela Stassinopoulos Diversity. When most people hear that word, the first thing that comes to mind is race. Diversity encompasses race, sexuality, spirituality, age, gender, and disability. Inclusion, simply put, is diversity in action. To practice disability diversity and inclusion can be as great a social leap as BDSM is accepted as a different form of loving by traditional relationship practitioners. As a community, unrealistic expectations are built by the photos we see on the web and/or the erotica we read, which can create inclusion obstacles. For individuals with disabilities, educating others about diversity, inclusion, and accommodation, is a way of life. This publication is dedicated to the countless individuals who have disabilities and practice their different forms of loving with sensitivity and joie de vivre. Let's talk about a few disability basics: According to the U.S. Census, 20% of Americans have disabilities, which numbers about 56 million adults and children. Individuals can have more than one disability. Disability can be a genetic, adult-onset, or acquired condition. Disabilities can be visible (paralysis or musculoskeletal conditions) or nonvisible (epilepsy or allergies). Typically, types of disabilities break down into three broad areas: Sensory, which includes blindness, deafness, chronic pain, or chemical sensitivity; Physical, which includes orthopedic conditions, diseases like multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's, or diabetes; Cognitive/psychiatric, which includes depression, chemical dependency, and learning disabilities. Etiquette is extremely important. Offer assistance and respect when it's declined. For a comprehensive guide on etiquette, the United Spinal Association's guide is an outstanding resource (http://www. unitedspinal.org/pdf/DisabilityEtiquette.pdf). There's a huge spectrum of disability, and regardless of the degree of disability, we all have sexual interests. As we've heard so many times, learning how to communicate about one's disability and how to listen and ask questions with respect and sensitivity is all part of the learning curve. There's an excellent book, by three authors (one of whom is kinky), called "The Ultimate Guide to Sex and Disability." While written from the perspective of a more traditional intimate relationship, it's also a good primer of how to have thoughtful...
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Book Description Nazca Plains Corp, 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1934625485