As a newly disabled woman in 2007, Lorraine Stanley, recognised the lack of support and guidance on the subject of sex and disability. Lorraine decided to be pro-active, and ran several sex and disability discussion groups at her local independent living centre, receiving positive feedback.
Upon further research, SWAD found health and social care professionals had a lack of knowledge and understanding of the obstacles faced by people with disabilities; when it comes to a fulfilling intimate and sexual life – solo or otherwise. The need for SWAD reflects the need for a professional, business approach to fill the gap between the requirements of the Disabled Community, and what is currently being offered by service providers. SWAD believes that sex is something that can be openly discussed, and should not be swept under the carpet.