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Sex rights for the disabled?
  1. Jacob M Appel
  1. Department of Psychiatry, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City, New York, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Jacob M Appel, 140 Claremont Ave #3D, New York, NY 10027, USA; jacobmappel{at}gmail.com

Abstract

The public discourse surrounding sex and severe disability over the past 40 years has largely focused on protecting vulnerable populations from abuse. However, health professionals and activists are increasingly recognising the inherent sexuality of disabled persons and attempting to find ways to accommodate their intimacy needs. This essay explores several ethical issues arising from such efforts.

  • Concept of health
  • mentally diasbled persons
  • quality/value of life/personhood
  • right of the institutionalised to treatment
  • sexuality/gender

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  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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