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Soft Landing Podcast: Episode 4: Accessible Sex Ed for All w/ Samara Lillioja

The Soft Landing Express is pulling stop? Accessible sex ed. This week, we are joined by Samara Lillioja, program specialist at the YWCA of Metro St. Louis, where they coordinate the SHADE (Sexual Health and Disability Education) program. They provide sex education for people with disabilities as well as trainings and presentations for organizations working with disabled folx.

This is our longest episode yet, because the conversation around the intersection of disability and sex is so rich. We discuss how all disabled people have a right to their own sexuality, despite our ableist society believing otherwise. And we spend time talking about what that can look like for disabled folx, so grab your ticket and join the ride!

Interested in diving in deeper? Each episode we provide a worksheet or resource for you to add to your toolbox of self-exploration. This week, we have a Pleasure Maps and Menus worksheet for you to enjoy!

To submit a question for future episodes, ⁠⁠⁠⁠click here⁠⁠⁠⁠.

For additional resources, you can also checkout:

  • All About Sex: a series of fact sheets for people with intellectual disability and the people who support them.

  • As a company founded by a C6-7 quadriplegic, IntimateRider® understands how important sexual intimacy is for couples with limited mobility. They also provide many resources to help navigate sex with disabilities.

Have a question you'd like answered on the podcast? Just submit it here!

Be sure to also follow us on Instagram @softlandingpodcast

And learn more about our therapy, coaching, and education services here.

Soft Landing is created, hosted, and edited by Rafaella Fiallo and Eric Jones. The intro, outro, and transition music all provided by: ⁠and produced by White Hot. 

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