UNDERSTANDING THE SEXUALITY OF PERSONS WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY IN RESIDENTIAL FACILITIES: PERCEPTIONS OF SERVICE PROVIDERS AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

Tapiwa Muswera, Madhu Kasiram

Abstract


The sexual expression of persons with intellectual disability is a neglected area, more particularly in residential facilities. This article is based on research to explore the perceptions of sexuality of persons with disability in residential facilities in Gauteng, South Africa. Results pointed to stereotyping, infantilisation and the sexuality of persons with disability not being prioritised at institutions, as evidenced in oppressive practices and policies pertaining to lack of privacy, denial of intimate relationships, lack of sexuality policies and paucity of sexual health education programmes at the residential facilities.

Keywords


sexuality, oppression, intellectual disability, infantilization, stereotypes, institutionalization

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.15270/55-2-715

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