These are items aimed specifically at families, friends, staff and other people who support folks with cognitive disabilities. Everyone is welcome to check them out, but they deal mostly with the role supporters can play in sexual health. How we show up for people can make things easier for them, or much harder.

In a 2017, a research team in the UK interviewed people with cognitive disabilities about their experience with romantic relationships, dating, marriage etc. Every single person interviewed who was in a romantic relationship of some sort could point to specific ways their support network had helped them find and / or maintain that relationship. Likewise, people interviewed who were frustrated at not finding a relationship often pointed to ways in which people in their support network had stood in their way.

As well, studies around the world show that people with cognitive disabilities are at increased risk of experiencing sexual abuse. Having a person or people in their lives with whom they can have frank conversations about sexual health topics is a key factor in reducing their risk of abuse.

While it may not be easy or comfortable to engage with folks we support around these topics, the benefits can be profound. And the good news is, we don’t have to be perfect at this – or even feel confident – to make a big difference. The videos and resources below show where we can find reliable info, and give some ideas on how to start those awkward conversations.


Intro for Supporters

New to Real Talk? Do you support someone with a cognitive disability? Watch this video first for tips on how to use our video catalog, and how to have better conversations about dating, love, relationships, and sex.


What is Monkeypox?

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This disease has been in the news lately. But what is it and how does it spread?


VCHA Guide to Supporting Sexual Health and Intimacy in Care Facilities

Vancouver Coastal Health Authority published a pocket guide detailing how to support the sexuality of folks living in care facilities.

Talking to People With Learning Disabilities About Sex

For a while now people have been asking for a short pamphlet on this topic for families and staff.

Sensual Solutions

Intimacy coaches who have experience providing services for people with disabilities.

The PleasureABLE Guide

A PDF guide of adapted sex toys and sexual positions for bodies of all shapes, sizes, and abilities.

1-800-SEX-SENSE Line

A free, anonymous telephone and email info hotline where you can ask any question about sex.

Options For Sexual Health

British Columbia’s largest sexual health nonprofit, with lots of info and services on their website.


A sexuality and relationships website for teens and emerging adults.


A website with animated sex-ed videos on lots of crucial topics.

The website – recently featured in the Netflix series Sex Education – celebrates diversity and combats shame.

Shift Education

Curriculum – based sexual health education for diverse learners.

The Advocate – Zora’s Story

In this issue, Zora advocates for her daughter.

The Advocate – Ahmed’s Story

In this issue, Ahmed advocates for his brother.

The Advocate – Millie’s Story

In this issue, Millie advocates for her outreach client.

The Advocate – Amy’s Story

In this issue, Amy advocates for her student.

The Advocate – All Issues, Print-Ready

Stories about supporters stepping up and advocating for the sexual health of people with cognitive disabilities.



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