Sunday, October 3 2021
1:00pm - 3:00pm

Sexy Spoonies & Crip Sex: Exploring Sexuality & Disability
Presented by Shanna Katz Kattari PhD, MEd, CSE, ACS



Over a quarter of adults identify as having a disability, impairment, or chronic illness, and many others will experience this short term, or as they age. While society often perpetuates the ableist idea that disabled individuals and people with impairments are simply not sexual, nothing could be further from reality.

*Spoonies refers to folks with chronic illness, chronic pain, mental health conditions and others, referring to the concept of spoons as a stand in for capacity. See for more info.

^Crip is a term that has been reclaimed by some disabled and mad individuals, though should not be used universally until you know the language someone prefers to have used.


This workshop is both discussion and info-based, covering issues around the intersection of disability and sexuality, such as coming out to/discussing a disabled identity with a partner(s), how to discuss disability needs around sex (including sex toys, working with PCAs, etc.), new things to try and creative ways to do so, use of sex workers and sex surrogates, correct and accurate terminology, negotiating sex play (including kink/BDSM play), and other topics on this subject.

This workshop will mainly focus on disabled and chronically ill folks, those who love them, and human service professionals but everyone is welcome.

Do you have specific access needs for this class? Please let us know by Monday, 9/27 so we have adequate time to plan. Examples of access needs might include captions, ASL interpretation, a copy of the PowerPoint, having PA attendance included with your registration, etc.

Class agenda is 2 hours running time with a 15-20 break somewhere in between.
Ticket pricing is sliding scale. Please pay what you can afford. No one turned away for lack of funds!


About The Presenter:
Shanna K. Kattari, PhD, MEd, CSE, ACS is an assistant professor at the University of Michigan School of Social Work, the Department of Women and Gender Studies (by courtesy), and Director of the [Sexuality|Relationships|Gender] Research Collective. A White, Jewish, nonbinary, disabled, chronically ill, neurodivergent, middle class, kinky, non-monogamous queer fat Femme, their practice and community background is as a board certified sexologist, certified sexuality educator, and social justice advocate. Dr. Kattari’s research covers three main areas; trans affirming health care, disability and ableism, and sexuality/sexual health. They are the author of three popular press sexuality books, an academic collection on trans/nonbinary affirmative social work and healthcare, and the parent of several resuced sassy cats and a loving pitbull. You can learn more about their research and teaching at, interact on twitter @DrShanna, watch their awkward attempts at TikToking @DrFemme, and follow their life on Instagram @PrincexFemme.


- THIS IS AN ONLINE EVENT. This workshop will take place in the privacy of your own home, from your personal computer, tablet or smartphone.
- You must be 18+
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