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Sexuality and the intellectually handicapped person

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This paper discusses the rights of people who have disabilities in relation to their sexuality in its broader meaning of being an essential part of each human being. The author states "...the distribution of rights to intellectually handicapped persons on the basis that they can never attain full adult status arises from the faulty assumption that to be intellectually handicapped also means being socially handicapped". This assumption is usually to do with the attitudes of people towards those who have disabilities and the artificial restrictions imposed by labelling a person intellectually handicapped. The paper argues that while we uphold "normalisation" and "mainstreaming", scant attention is paid to developing both personal and social awareness. Keyword: Attitudes

Author
Lee, Janne
Source
Laura, R (ed): Problems of Handicap
Publisher
Macmillan, Melbourne
Publication Date
1 January 1980
Category
Professionals
Keywords
Attitudes
Origin
Australia

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