Self-determination is a human right. Yet despite the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN-CRPD) by many countries worldwide, this right cannot be acknowledged in an unrestricted manner: persons with various disabilities are still restricted by the structures surrounding them. They are constrained by society. This prevents them from living a self-determined life.
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If you want to live an independent life, you sometimes have to take advantage of assistance services. What might perhaps sound contradictory to some, is obvious for many persons with disabilities: Personal Assistants make it possible for them to life a self-determined life. And once you have used this service, you won’t want to be without it anymore.
When persons with disabilities have relationships, they also want to physically express their love for each other. This is not possible for every couple without restrictions. Sexual assistants can be a solution. Katja and her boyfriend have chosen this alternative. REHACARE.com spoke with her about intimate moments and her open approach to this subject.