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Disability & Sexability

Hosted by SHIP
Past Event
Suggested Price
Minimum $3.00
Welcome! To join the event, please get your ticket below.
About Event

Join us as we welcome Dave Haessig (he/him) and Briana Conley (she/her) for Disability & Sexability on Wednesday, November 22nd @ 7:00pm EST over Zoom!

This workshop will be recorded and will be made available to everyone who registers for 7 days following the workshop.

About the workshop: Sexual rights are human rights. This workshop will challenge attendees’ preconceived notions of people with disabilities and seniors as it relates to sexuality. These preconceived notions are widely held across society, and people with disabilities, seniors, and the professionals and caregivers who support them are no exception. We will guide attendees through identifying and addressing their own prejudices and help them better understand how these prejudices create barriers to healthy sexual expression for people with disabilities. We will finish with highlighting the critical role that service providers, advocates, peers, and allies play in breaking down these barriers to empower and support adults of every age and disability in exploring and expressing their unique sexual identities.

Attendees will:

• examine their own implicit biases around people with disabilities and seniors and sexual activity, the root of these biases, and how to address them personally and in their work
• develop an appreciation for the conventional and alternative avenues for sexual pleasure for people throughout the lifespan and across various disabilities; this includes accessible sexual aids.
• explore the barriers to healthy sexual expression for people with disabilities and be empowered to be sexual advocates for themselves and others

This workshop is expected to run between 90 - 120 minutes.

Accessibility Info:

Closed captions will be provided through Zoom.

About Dave Haessig:

Dave Haessig is a social worker with 44 years of experience working with people with disabilities. In addition to his Master of Social Work, he also holds a Master’s in Education and serves as the lead instructor for the adult segment Paraquad's comprehensive sexual health program.

About Briana Conley:

Briana Conley is Paraquad’s Senior Director of Programs. During her three years with Paraquad, she has led a diverse team in developing a comprehensive, sex-positive sexual education program for people with disabilities across the lifespan and seniors - two populations who are often excluded from critical conversations around healthy relationships and sexuality.

To Register:

Tickets are available on a sliding scale ($3-$50) to ensure folx of varying economic backgrounds are able to access the sex education they deserve. We ask those who have the financial means to help "spread the wealth" by contributing to the community pool so that we can offer a limited number of sponsored free tickets to those who need it.

​​We kindly ask that those who have the financial means to purchase a ticket do so, and save our sponsored free tickets to those who do not. ​​

​​To access this workshop for free, please enter the code SHIP-FREE when registering.

​​After you register, we will send you an email with the event login information (be sure to check your spam folder!). If you haven't already, make sure you download Zoom before we all log on:

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Refund + Cancellation Policy:

  • Unless otherwise specified, all workshops are recorded and access to the recording is made available for 7 days following the workshop to everyone who registered prior to the workshop start time. We do not offer refunds to those who were unable to attend or watch the recording within the allotted time.

  • In the event SHIP and/or the Educator(s) need to change the date of the workshop, we will automatically transfer your registration once the workshop has been rescheduled. If the workshop is cancelled outright, we will contact you with the option to have your registration fee refunded, transferred to another workshop, or treated as a tax-deductible donation.

​​If you have any questions, or experience any issues registering, please reach out to