Disability, Aging, Dating, Romance, Relationships, and Sexuality Books / Videos
WARNING: Due to the nature of the topic, some content and links within this page may contain or reference graphic sexual content and therefore may not be suitable for work or young children.
Please feel free to explore a variety of books and videos below:
The Ultimate Guide to Sex and Disability: For All of Us Who Live with Disabilities, Chronic Pain, and Illness Miriam Kaufman, Cory Silverberg, and Fran Odette; published by Cleis Press; and dated November 28, 2007 -- ISBN-13: 978-1573443043. Angela Liuzzi (OTR/L) Comments: "A must read! This book is for everyone, men and women of all ages and sexual identities, covering the span of disabilities, and pulling together the available information on sex and disability that isnít aimed at a particular disability. While the authors draw from their own personal experiences and from their professional work, the foundation of this book are survey responses about sex that was distributed to people living with disabilities. Includes 40 pages of resources."
Enabling Romance: A Guide to Love, Sex and Relationships for People with Disabilities (and the People who Care About Them) written by Ken Kroll, published by No Limits Communications, and dated November 1, 2001 -- ISBN-13: 978-0971284203. Angela Liuzzi (OTR/L) Comments: "An illustrated guide to intimacy and sexual expression for people with disabilities. Written by a husband and wife team, one of whom has a disability, the book celebrates the desire for love and intimacy. Debunking popular myths and shattering stereotypes, individuals and couples with a variety of disabilities share their stories of intimate experiences with partners Ė some of whom have disabilities, and some of whom do not. Several chapters are devoted to living and loving with specific disabilities, and others address issues such as sexual variations and alternatives, safe sex and family planning, building self-esteem, and dealing with attendants. Many resources are provided. Several chapters are written according to diagnosis such as spinal cord injury, cerebrovascular accident/stroke, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, etc.. Generally, it focuses on real life stories that help the reader gain insight."
Disability and the Art of Kissing: Questions and Answers on the
True Nature of Intimacy written by Gary Karp; published by Life On Wheels Press. Angela Liuzzi (OTR/L) Comments: "A collection of writings aimed at helping people with disabilities better understand themselves as sexual beings, particularly in the face of a world that is not always positively reinforcing of their sexual expression. Karp is an author, keynote speaker, educator, & wheelchair user devoted to people with disabilities having access to their full potential in life."
Sexuality & Disability (Fourth Edition) written by Maddie Blackburn; published by Butterworth-Heinemann; and dated June 15, 2002 -- ISBN-13: 978-0750622523. Angela Liuzzi (OTR/L) Comments: "Based on research undertaken in the UK, this handbook focuses primarily on the sexual knowledge and experiences of 100 young adults with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus. Geared more toward healthcare practitioners and written using heavy research and statistical language. Legal matters are discussed, but the law for the most part relates to the English and Welsh legal systems."
Sexual Positions for Lovers illustrates 32 sex positions in explicit detail in this adult sex education DVD from Better Sex. See special variations on the "rear entry" position and positions using props, like furniture. Learn how to achieve deeper penetration, prolonged intercourse and more satisfying sex, even for those with physical limitations such as back problems, arthritis and pregnancy.
Is Fred Dead? A Manual on Sexuality for Men with Spinal Cord Injuries written by Robert W. Baer; published by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc.; and dated March 2004 -- ISBN-13: 978-0805964448. Angela Liuzzi (OTR/L) Comments: "Addresses issues related to menís perception of self-worth and self-esteem offering detailed and useful information for resuming sexual relations and developing an increased level of intimacy. Topics include: sexual anatomy, sexual response cycle, erectile dysfunction, fertility techniques, positions, and sexual aids."
Sexuality After Spinal Cord Injury: Answers to Your Questions written by Stanley H. Ducharme and Kathleen M. Gill; published by Brookes Publishing Company; and dated October 1996 -- ISBN-13: 978-1557662651. Angela Liuzzi (OTR/L) Comments: "The entire book is written in question-and-answer format providing basic answers to commonly asked questions. A fairly easy read."
Sexuality & Sexual Function, a 51-minute video that is part of the 11-part Secondary Conditions of Spinal Cord Injury Health Education Video Series produced during 2006 by the Birmingham Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Alabama. The first part of the Sexuality & Sexual Function video explores psychological aspects of sexuality such as expressing sexuality, sexual adjustment, managing personal care issues, confronting issues with body image issues, and working through relationship issues. The second part explores physical aspects of sex following SCI for both men and women. This includes arousal, sexual function and dysfunction, sexual activities, and fertility. This video and series can be downloaded or watched on streaming real media.
Sensuous Wheeler: Sexual Adjustment for the Spinal Cord Injured written by Barry J. Rabin; published by Barry Rabin; and dated March 1980 -- ISBN-13: 978-0960396801. Angela Liuzzi (OTR/L) Comments: "Dr. Rabin is a clinical psychologist, sex educator and sex therapist. This book surveys information on sexual functioning in general, but especially with regards to SCI. It also suggests methods for sexual adjustment for disabled individuals."
Sexuality Reborn written by Marca L. Sipski and Craig J. Alexander; produced by Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation; funded by the Paralyzed Veterans of America is a 48 minute video is a frank discussion among four couples about the physical and emotional effects of spinal cord injury. These couples demonstrate and share their personal experiences concerning: self-esteem, dating, bowel and bladder function, sexual response and varying types of sexual activities.
Sexual Options for Paraplegics and Quadriplegics written by Thomas O. Mooney, Theodore M. Cole, and Richard A. Chilgren; published by Little Brown and Company; and dated during 1975. Angela Liuzzi (OTR/L) Comments: "While a bit dated, this book offers many sexually explicit photographs and basic educational information."