Resources

 

 Meeting People

 

 

 

 

 Let’s Get Real Group

A Vancouver-based educational and social group for people with cognitive disabilities focused on dating. They hold events roughly every 6 weeks.

Contact lgr@buildingcaringcommunities.ca  for more details.

 

abOUT Group

A Vancouver-based social and advocacy group aimed at LGBTQ people with cognitive disabilities. They hold events roughly every 6 weeks.

 


 

Sexual Health

 

 

1-800-SEX-SENSE Line

Call 1-800-739-7367 or 604-731-7803. It is a free, confidential sexual health hotline that operates from 9am to 9pm Monday to Friday. If you prefer to email your question instead, you can fill out their email form on this page.

You can ask any question, and an educator will answer it. They are also great at connecting people to resources. If you don’t see what you’re looking for among the other resources on this page, call the Sex Sense Line. They’re probably your best bet to find it.

 

Options For Sexual Health

A British Columbia organization focused on sexual health, serving all ages, genders and orientations. They operate clinics throughout greater Vancouver where you can get low-cost contraception, or testing & treatment for sexually transmitted infections.

 

The Smart Sex Resource

A web service provided by the BC Centre for Disease Control with medically accurate, up-to-date information about sexually transmitted infections, plus an interactive Google Map showing every STI Clinic in all of British Columbia.

 

Scarleteen

Website with comprehensive, supportive sexuality and relationships info for teens and emerging adults. People can either read through a collection of readers’ questions & educators’ answers, or submit their own question.

 

Shift Education

A sexual health education organization that often has curriculum-based sexual health education classes aimed at adults with cognitive disabilities in the Lower Mainland.

 

Shade Consulting

Sexual health education and related counselling aimed at people with cognitive disabilities and their supporters in the Okanagan and Lower Mainland regions.

 

Ready!Relate

Sexual health education aimed at people with cognitive disabilities and their supporters in the Lower Mainland.

 

Contraception

Did you know? Most people on Social Assistance or Disability Benefits are covered under Fair Pharmacare for free birth control pills, contraceptive injections, or hormonal IUDs.

 


 

LGBTQA2+

 

 

Qmunity

Responds to BC’s queer, trans, and Two-Spirit communities’ needs and helps them thrive. Their Davie Street Centre offers support and social groups, counseling, plus clinical services such as testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections.

 

The Health Initiative for Men

Dedicated to strengthening the health and well-being of gay men. They offer social and support groups, recreational events, and clinical services such as testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections.

 

abOUT Group

A Vancouver-based social and advocacy group aimed at LGBTQ people with cognitive disabilities. They hold events roughly every 6 weeks.rans

 

Transcare BC

Provides support for transgender, gender fluid, genderqueer, gender non-binary, and agender people. This page lists resources for Vancouver area social and support groups for children, youth, and adults.

 


 

Sexual and Social Activity Online

 

 

Online Pornography and Illegal Content

This easy-read, printable  PDF guide talks about internet pornography from a nonjudgmental viewpoint, and gives valuable  information on legal vs. illegal content, avoiding scams, and other potential pitfalls. Published in the UK by Choice Support and the Care Management Group, notes have been added to this PDF version where Canadian laws and / or resources differ from the UK. (Please note that some illustrations in this PDF show sexual activity in detail, and other illustrations show violence.)

 

Is That Legal?

This printable PDF guide unpacks different types of online behaviour from harassment & bullying to sharing intimate selfies, and what the law has to say about them. The intended audience is teen readers, and the language is geared towards that reading level, but the information is relevant to people of all ages. Published in BC by West Coast LEAF – an organization dedicated to advancing gender equality through their involvement in equality rights cases at all levels of court.

 

On the Loose

This PDF,  printed by Mediasmarts.ca , is a guide to life online for folks living independently (or more independently) for the first time. It covers things like online dating etiquette, online gambling, online porn, and how to deal with online harassment and scammers.


 

Check out our Comics!

 

We’ve got a brand new series of comics fresh off the presses, and we’re excited to share them at upcoming RealTalk events. Each comic is a profile of a different rad person with a cognitive disability & how they experience dating, love, relationships and sex.

Reading not your thing? You can also watch some of these stories in short, animated videos on our Watch Page.

Scroll down and read through each person’s story individually, or go ahead and download your very own ZIP file of all the comic books at once (they print on legal paper).

 

 

 

 

Read Shelly’s Story

Read James’ Story

Read Dee’s Story

Read Liam’s Story

Read Jessica’s Story

Download the Collection in one ZIP