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Disability, Sexuality and Rights

February 1 - April 1, 2010\n\nThe Disability, Sexuality and Rights Online Training provides a study of theory and practice for people working in fields such as development, health and rights, including disability and sexuality. The aim is to develop awareness of issues of disability and sexuality and a political perspectiveon disabled people’s sexual rights. Participants develop their ability to work in inclusive and holistic ways that further health and rights. Deadline for applications: December 18, 2009.

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10th December 2009 00:00



Why take this course?

* Disabled people are often excluded or discriminated against in relation to their sexuality by health, development and rights organizations because they are not considered sexual or they are thought to be vulnerable or uncontrolled sexually.

* Disability rights activists and service providers often disregard sexuality issues and rights in favor of issues considered more pressing and appropriate like employment and physical access.

* Sexuality is an important part of life, identity, society and culture for all people, including people with disabilities. It can be a source of pleasure and pain, empowerment and oppression. It cannot be ignored.

Key Questions and Content

* What is disability? What is sexuality?
* What do human rights have to do with disability and sexuality?
* Why are disabled people discriminated against in relation to sexuality?
* Why is sexuality important to everyone, including disabled people? Why is sexuality important for health, development and rights organizations to consider?
* How does the experience and politics of disability in the global South impact theory and practice on disability rights? How are people organizing and campaigning around these issues?
* How can we advance the rights, health and well-being of people with disabilities?


People with disabilities are encouraged to apply for this training, which has been designed and tested to be accessible to people with various disabilities and those with slower computers and internet connection speeds. We will work with participants to adapt the course as necessary to meet needs and enable full participation.

Format and Workload

The course will be conducted entirely online in English with presentations, reading, discussion, research, activities and a final project. Special technology is not required, except a computer that can read Microsoft Word and Power Point documents and with Adobe Reader. Also required is internet access to download/upload documents and comments for 20-30 minutes, 2-3 times a week throughout the course. The Institute will not be done in real time; participants can complete the assignments at their convenience within the time parameters.

Organizers and Resource People

This training is organized and taught by an international group of academics and activists in the disability rights field who specialize in sexual and reproductive rights and health from a global South perspective: Anita Ghai (India), Caroline Earle (USA), Ekaete Judith Umoh (Nigeria), and Janet Price (UK). Full bios in brochure at

For an application and brochure with complete course information, click here. Applications are due December 18, 2009.

For more information, contact Caroline Earle (; +1-212-599-1071).