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sExploration 2024sExtraordinary Beings: Exploring Sex and Intimacy within the Disabled Community
March 4th - 28th, 2024
Sexuality and disability are not mutually exclusive. Although persons with disabilities (PWD) are often infantilized and desexualized, it is important to validate that they are just like most people: Sexual beings, with identities, relationships, feelings, needs, and desires regarding sex. sExploration 2024 explores the intersections of congenital and acquired disabilities with gender, relationship development, sexual identity and functioning. Our program will include colloquia, discussions, interactive displays and a poster fair.

Thank you for visiting Projects Advancing Sexual Diversity. Our organization was created with one objective in mind: Improve the quality of life for sexual minority individuals, families and communities by addressing issues impacting their emotional and psychological wellbeing.

We are a not-for-profit group (working on 501(c)3 status) staffed by volunteers. PASD is a virtual organization, one without a physical office to support. We rely on collaborations, partnerships, and donations to conduct our work. Being project driven, as opposed to organizationally focused, firmly channels our efforts into pursuing our mission.

Projects may have a local, national or international scope. Each is designed to be time-limited with well- defined goals. We are accountable to ourselves, our supporters and most importantly to those who we hope to serve. With that in mind, each project includes outcome measures and timetables for longitudinal evaluations.  Our intention is to create sustainable change through empowerment.

Projects are created with, and implemented by, rotating groups of graduate students pursuing advanced degrees in psychology. They are directed by seasoned professionals who volunteer their time to shape plans, advise students and mentor them as future advocates and leaders in the field of sexual minority health.

Mission Statment

Projects Advancing Sexual Diversity applies the practice of psychology to further the understanding and acceptance of diverse sexual and gender identities, practices and cultures. We explore narratives of healthy, normative development in these populations. Utilizing innovative research and interventions, PASD also strives to create sustainable change in conditions impacting the welfare of sexual and gender minority individuals, families and communities.

Statement on Cultural Competency

Culturally competent clinicians foster and promote psychological and emotional care, as well as behavioral interventions, that recognize and respect the intersection of sex, sexuality, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, and gender expression for individuals, families and communities. They aspire to understand how issues of stigma and discrimination intersect, particularly for individuals who experience multiple forms of oppression. These clinicians also strive to understand and respect the historical and cultural contexts within which sexual orientations and gender identities are created.


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