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Showing love on Valentine’s Day by embracing disability

By Alan Santinele Martino, Assistant Professor, Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies, University of Calgary
Valentine’s Day is a time when love and intimacy are celebrated with fervor. Yet, the challenges some face in this regard are not often recognized. In particular, people with disabilities face discrimination and obstacles when seeking love, affection and sexual fulfillment.

People with disabilities often contend with persistent stereotypes when it comes to their love lives. A lack of comprehensive and accessible sex education also leaves people with disabilities ill-equipped to navigate the complexities of relationships and intimacy.

At the University of Calgary’s

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