Alongside Reside Housing Association, Progress Housing Group is proud to be supporting UK Disability History Month (18 November – 18 December) which focuses on two key themes: hidden impairments, and relationships and sex.

Many people live with ‘hidden’ impairments, whereby their disability isn’t obvious, such as hearing loss, epilepsy, autism and mental health conditions. This can lead to a lack of understanding and fair treatment. The Equality Act 2020 was brought about to prevent this discrimination occurring and to ensure that disabled people have a right to ‘reasonable adjustments’.

The second theme of relationships and sex raises awareness of the stigma that people with a disability face. They are often regarded as asexual, or that their relationships and natural sexual urges should be in some way suppressed. Yet disabled people are as varied as everyone else, with no less capacity and need for expressing emotions and sexuality. Throughout history, people with a disability have long been deemed infertile, asexual, deformed or even ‘cursed’, in the face of eugenics, compulsory sterilisation and sex segregation.

With 13.5 million disabled people in the UK, there’s a lot we can do to get involved and raise awareness of hidden impairments. We can also do more to understand the barriers people with a learning disability face with relationships and sex, as well as acknowledging that disabled people want to have a sex life and many will identify as LGBTQ. We want everyone to be treated fairly and with respect, especially people with a disability. Our vision is for all of our tenants to have equal choices.

Find out more about the work Progress Housing Group and Reside Housing Association do with people who have a learning disability and hidden impairments here:

Reside Housing Association

Progress Housing Group