It has made me recognise that my contribution is important, and part of a bigger process SHADA is important because I believe that the importance of sexuality to people living with disabilities tends to easily be marginalized and SHADA is an excellent forum for everyone who shares this concern to meet on an equal basis.This general lack of focus on sexuality and disability seems to be particularly so with the client group that I am involved with who have the hidden disability of acquired brain injury.SHADA organised the book launch of Tuppy Owens’ book ‘‘ and now the book is on sale from Jessica Kingsley Publishers meets twice a year in London, meetings are free but people must book in advance.

SHADA has taught me so much in this area and I would like to be able to share it with my colleagues, since I believe that medical education should allow qualified doctors to confidently speak about the importance of sex with every patient and especially those with disabilities.

I am passionate in trying to make this a mandatory part of the medical curriculum and with SHADA I feel supported with my efforts to get sex and disability include in the training of medical students, which will enable future medical professionals feel comfortable in broaching the subject of sex with disabled patients.

We are growing from strength to strength and have the top pioneers in this field as members.

We enjoy a varied membership making our discussions multi-dimensional.

I run sexuality following acquired brain injury training days and have found that clinicians in other European countries also struggle with the lack of opportunities to train in this field and I welcome any initiative by SHADA to help support training in this important area.” Steve Shears, Training Manager and Psychosexual Therapist – Headway About SHADA has been run by four volunteers: our Chair, secretary,coordinator and convenor and scribe.

We have now established a working group to make SHADA move forward, become more sustainable, have more clout, and take on projects, Our first project is to encourage governing bodies to include sex and disability in their training, policies and guidelines.All material contained on these pages are free of copyright restrictions and may be copied, reproduced, or duplicated without permission of the Office on Women’s Health in the U. SHADA was formed in 2005 by the Outsiders Trust to bring together professionals who work with disabled people and may be struggling to support them in their sexual expression.Without SHADA our work could be duplicated or never recognised beyond the local or regional footprint in which we operate As a teacher working with young people with severe physical disabilities and complex learning, sensory and medical needs, within the area of Sex and Relationship Education, I have found membership of SHADA invaluable.Meeting with other professionals who feel similarly about this topic and the collective sharing of skills and knowledge is very inspiring.Gill Leno the PSHE (Personal, Sexual, Health, Emotional) Specialist Therapist at Queen Alexandra College in Birmingham which is a specialist VI college for people with a wide range of learning, sensory and physical disabilities.