Join us for a Sexceptional Lecture with Dr. Mitchell Tepper!
Expert Sex Educator, International Lecturer, Film Maker and Thought Leader: Dr. Mitch Tepper brings more than a wheel chair to the stage. Join us as we dive deep into the world of disability & inclusivity to explore what most people miss and what you need to know about this vast population.
Inclusivity with disabilities includes people of all shapes and sizes that are marginalized, those with any kind of pain, illness, neurodiversity, or chronic conditions like chronic fatigue, back pain, asthma, spinal cord injury, hearing and visual impairment, multiple sclerosis and more. Join us as we explore and learn all about sex and inclusitivy with disability and diversity.
Disability is a universal human experience. In the United States alone, there are 56.7 million people with disabilities and they are as interested in sex as anyone else. However, their sexuality and sexual needs are often ignored. Are you prepared to serve them? Learn how to predict the likely sexual challenges for virtually any type of disability and how you can make a difference.
• Who are people with disabilities?
• How can you impact their sexual esteem?
• What can you learn about sexuality from them?
• How can you promote their sexual health?
Mitchell Tepper, PhD, MPH, author of Regain that Feeling: Secrets to Sexual Self-Discovery, brings a lifetime of first-hand experience with chronic conditions and disability to his work as a Sexologist. He is an internationally renowned expert in the field of sexuality and disability and leading advocate for the provision of comprehensive sexual health care. He has taught at the School of Medicine at Yale University and at Morehouse School of Medicine. In addition he has provided continuing education and training to thousands of health care professionals based on his curriculum, Providing Comprehensive Sexual Health Care for People with Spinal Cord Injuries: Continuing Education for Health Care Professionals. Dr. Tepper is AASECT Certified as a Sexuality Educator, Educator Supervisor, and Sexuality Counselor, and is a licensed PAIRS Instructor. He is currently working on a documentary, Love After War: Supporting Intimate Relationships for Injured Veterans and Their Families.
His academic credentials include a Master of Public Health from Yale University, and a PhD in Human Sexuality Education from the University of Pennsylvania where his research focused on pleasure and orgasm in people with SCI.
Dr. Tepper is called on regularly by the media and has been featured on CNN, Discovery, PBS and in popular press, including The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan, GQ, AARP, and HuffPost Live.
SPARK! ROUNDTABLE DIRECTLY FOLLOWING THE SEXCEPTIONAL LECTURE
Topic: SexTech & Toys - The Future of Disabilities
Roundtable Panel Members Include:
Dr. Mitchell Tepper, Our Sexceptional Lecturer (Please see bio above)
Nick Winges-Yanez, M.S.W., Ph.D Candidate - After many years working in direct social services, Nick received her B.S.W. and M.S.W. from Portland State University and is currently completing her PhD. Her research uses the work of Foucault, proposing a genealogical framework to examine how sexuality has historically been used to define and oppress individuals labeled with intellectual disability. Nick previously completed a qualitative study interviewing queer-identified youth about their experiences with sex education in schools. Currently the Education Coordinator at Q Toys in Austin, Nick approaches sex education with a background in queer and feminist theory and a focus on improved sexuality discourse and access to pleasure.
Deanna Theis, IT Collection - Despite creating useful gadgets throughout her life, the Perfect Pleasure™ cushion is her first invention that has come to fruition. Deanna first came up with the idea for a hands-free masturbation alternative in 2012 when she temporarily lost mobility in one arm due to a pinched nerve. Having recently purchased the Magic Wand Original®, the concept began as a simple handle for a vibrator. Over the course of the next two years she refined her goal to simply, this: create products that provide the highest level of pleasure to any and all who use them. Creating a lifestyle line that could meet the needs of every body became not only a challenge, but a personal mission. From Deanna’s passion, The It Collection was born and the Perfect Pleasure cushion was created as the first of many real solutions for real people. http://theitcollection.com
Kalie Kubes, Planned Parenthood -. Kalie is a hard of hearing UT graduate with a BS in Youth and Community Studies. In addition to having a hearing loss, Kalie has battled multiple chronic illnesses and chronic pain her entire life. She currently works as a Medical Assistant at Planned Parenthood where she enjoys educating patients on safe sex, healthy relationships, birth control, and prevention of STDs.
River del Llano, The Juicy Truth, Surrogate Partner - River became a surrogate partner because her purpose in life is to promote the evolution of our species through healthy, authentic, sexual expression and intimate relationships. A surrogate partner works in partnership with a talk professional, such as a therapist, to support the client. The surrogate partner is a substitute partner for clients who want to improve their sex and intimacy skills, but have no practice partner. Clients have an opportunity to experience intimacy and develop new skills and capacities with a trained professional. River also founded and co-hosts the Surrogate Partner Salon, a free monthly gathering in Austin of therapists who work with surrogate partners or seek to work with surrogate partners, and two professionally certified surrogate partners. The Salon is an opportunity for those of us within the field to hone our skills. Find out more about the surrogate partner process, the Surrogate Partner Salon, and River at her site: www.thejuicytruth.net
**More Panel Members will be announced soon!