Sex Work and Disability

Robin Mandell, Sabrina Morgan #cconswdisablity CatalystCon East, Saturday March 16, 2013


  1. When we think about accessible services for people with disabilities, sexual services seldom make the list, though the impact of sex and healing touch on personality and behavior is immeasurable.

    The intersection of disability and sex work is fraught with complexity: as therapists and educators, we’re often in a position to make referrals, but with few resources. As sex workers, we lack access to professional inservices helping us better serve clients with disabilities. As people with disabilities, it’s challenging to discern which erotic professionals can best meet our needs.

    Sex educator Robin Mandell and sex worker Sabrina Morgan will explore the pros and cons of outsourcing pleasure. They’ll discuss the options that are open to people with disabilities, including sex surrogacy in partnership with therapists and the gray areas of seeking services from forms of sex work that are criminalized or otherwise without legal standing.

    Robin and Sabrina will outline the current climate in the US as well as the intersection of sex work and disability internationally, examining the models we can build on as we answer the question: where do we go from here?