Sexuality and relationships: from research to policy to action
Kelley Johnson, Patsie Frawley and Maeve Foreman

It can be very difficult for people with learning difficulties to be listened to and properly supported with sexuality and relationships. Kelley and Patsie, with other researchers spent three years talking with people in Australia about how they saw their sexual lives and relationships. Read the full abstract ...

'Sexual vices are kept within a very limited compass': sexual understandings and expression in Australia's largest institution for people with learning disabilities, 1887–2007
Corinne Manning and Lee-Ann Monk

Our paper explores the conference theme from a historical perspective, using Kew Cottages - Australia's first specialised institution for people with learning disabilities - as a case study. We focus on two different eras in the history of the Cottages. Read the full abstract ...

Notes from research into the sexuality and sexual health of adults with learning difficulties
Zara Ferreira

Recent studies which look towards the sexuality of people with learning difficulties refer to an apparently growing recognition that they have the same sexual desires, needs and urges as the wider population ... Read the full abstract ...

Afternoon session

What factors influence the sterilisation of people with learning disabilities?
Alison Stansfield

Sterilisation is a significant and potentially irreversible procedure and can only be undertaken lawfully if the individual receiving treatment has the capacity to consent. Read the full abstract ...

Promoting sexualities; protecting from abuse: how shifting attitudes and policies have shaped the Ann Craft Trust
Rachel Fyson

This paper will explore recent changes in attitudes towards, and understandings of, the sexuality of people with learning disabilities through an exploration of both the changing work of the Ann Craft Trust and contemporaneous changes in UK law and policy. Read the full abstract ...

Young people with learning disabilities (16–25 year olds) and sexuality
Ruth Garbutt and Frances Affleck, CHANGE, Leeds

We will talk about our research project that we are doing at CHANGE, with Leeds University. It is a project that is trying to find out about what young people with learning disabilities know about sex and relationships. Read the full abstract ...