Ronelle Baker believes that the MDA has an important role in providing services and information that normalises sex for disabled people.
The MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association of New Zealand) has already been involved in a couple of workshop like gatherings that explore sexuality and disability.
Those gatherings weren’t well attended and while the MDA, and others, scratch their head as to why, further training for fieldworkers is on the cards.
Baker, the interim Chief Executive of the MDA, believes that fieldworkers need more competencies in the area of sex and disability.
The long term vision for the MDA is to create peer to peer support, to link people to resources, and to allow confidential and safe conversations to occur so that individuals can explore their sexual thoughts, challenges, and experiences in constructive and therapeutic ways.
The matter of sexuality and disability is yet to be raised with MDA’s National Council.