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08 Dec

Expertmeeting on Disability and sexual rights

When: 08 December 2017 (at 12:00 - 15:00 )
Where: Sophia Revalidatie, Vrederustlaan 180, The Hague, Netherlands

We hereby kindly invite you to join our expertmeeting on:

‘Disability and sexual rights’
On: Friday, December 8, 2017
Time: van 12:00 tot 15:00 uur
Place: Sophia Revalidatie, Vrederustlaan 180, Den Haag

Guest speaker: dr. Julia Bahner (University of Leeds)

Since the Netherlands finally ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and our parliament accepted a motion to break the taboo on disabled peoples sexuality (Motie Bergkamp), sexual rights are on the Dutch agenda.
As writing this, dr. Julia Bahner is visiting the Netherlands. Julia Bahner is a research fellow in the Centre for Disability Studies, School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds, UK.
She is doing a 2 year EU-funded project comparing policies and NGO’s work around sexual facilitation to people with mobility impairments in England, the Netherlands and the state of New South Wales in Australia.

So this seemed to Sophia Rehabilitation & Disability Studies in Nederland a perfect moment to gather a meeting on the subject of disability & sexual rights with diverse stakeholders, with DPO’s, professionals, policymakers and researchers.

Please join us in an afternoon of presentations and exchange on a subject so often ignored!

12:00 walk in and lunch: feel free to buy your lunch in Sophia’s restaurant
12:30 start program by hosts Jim Bender (Sophia Rehabilitation) and Jacqueline Kool (Disability Studies in Nederland)
12:45 Presentation Julia Bahner: “Sexual support to people with mobility impairments: exploring problems and possibilities in different policy contexts.”
Julia will give a talk about her research findings, including her previous work in Sweden, where she looked at sexual facilitation within the context of state-funded personal assistance services.
13:15 Short presentations from the Dutch context a.o.:
– Jim Bender & Egbert Kruijver, (Sophia Rehabilitation a.o.)
– Lieke Scheeuwe, Light for the World, book presentation Everybody Matters
– Rutgerstichting

13:45 focus group discussion about the situation in the Netherlands, centering around – but not limited to – the following questions:
• How does disability policies frame sexuality issues?
• How does sexual health policies frame disabled people’s needs?
• Are there other relevant policies to consider?
• What are your hopes in this area with the planned implementation of the CRPD?
• How are disabled people’s organisations advocating for sexual rights?
• Which other types of organisations are active in either providing sexual support services or political advocacy for disabled people’s rights to sexual support?
15:00 Closing remarks

We hope to meet you there! Please let us know if you are participating (or if a colleague of yours is interested).
If there are any questions, feel free to ask us.

All the best,
Jim Bender
Jacqueline Kool

For participants who would be interested in talking individually with Julia Bahner about these issues, or who cannot make it to the meeting on the 8th, it is possible to book a meeting between the 4–14th December (after that also on Skype):

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