SHADA currently has around 150 members, including researchers, lawyers, lecturers, consultants, social workers, helpline managers, managers of community, statutary and voluntary projects, health professionals including OTs, physiotherapiists and nurses, sex therapists, sex workers and disabled interested parties.
“SHADA provides a vital communication link to individuals and organisations involved in sex and disability projects nationally. Without SHADA our work could be duplicated or never recognised beyond the local or regional footprint in which we operate. ”
Dave Thompson, MBE DL Chair of Trustees
– Warrington Disability Partnership
“SHADA is important because I believe that the importance of sexuality to people living with disabilities tends to easily be marginalized and SHADA is an excellent forum for everyone who shares this concern to meet on an equal basis. This general lack of focus on sexuality and disability seems to be particularly so with the client group that I am involved with who have the hidden disability of acquired brain injury. I run sexuality following acquired brain injury training days and have found that clinicians in other European countries also struggle with the lack of opportunities to train in this field and I welcome any initiative by SHADA to help support training in this important area.”
Steve Shears, Training Manager and Psychosexual Therapist – Headway
There are currently no membership criteria
Health professionals who feel unsupported by their agencies, boards and professions in their concern for the sexual happiness of their disabled patients, pupils, clients and residents, enjoy the support of SHADA.
The SHADA programme is designed around what members of the group decide they need more information on.
All meetings are designed for networking over lunch and after the last talk. Talks are informal, allowing discussions and questions. Members also have access to each other’s email addresses. Members find themselves working together to their mutual advantage. For example, Youthnet received help and advice about disability for inclusion on their website.
Opportunity to Make a Difference
Members are delighted to have found each other, so we can campaign and work together towards making a difference to the personal lives of disabled people.
How to Join
Apply by email to the SHADA Secretary, Katie Wiltshier on firstname.lastname@example.org