Sexuality and Disability

, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp 91–109 | Cite as

The Myth of Asexuality: A Survey of Social and Empirical Evidence

  • Maureen S. Milligan
  • Aldred H. Neufeldt


Self-advocacy groups and individual authors have increasingly expressed concern that persons with disabilities (PWD) are sexually disenfranchised by a society that inaccurately perceives them as asexual beings. The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the social and empirical foundations for the contention that PWD are indeed viewed as asexual and examine whether there is cause for ongoing concern and intervention. This review includes a consideration of the implications for both clinical practice and future research as well. It is concluded that despite significant gains in our biological and psychosocial understanding of sexuality in the context of disability, there remains much to be accomplished to effect needed change in the areas of professional practice, research, societal attitudes, and most importantly, in the lives of PWD.

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  1. 1.Program in Clinical PsychologyUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

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