To Erase Stigma, Advocates ‘Undressing Disability’

Jennie Williams has hereditary degenerative hearing loss and said her group wants to “change the way society views sex and disability.” (Enhance the UK)

Jennie Williams has hereditary degenerative hearing loss and said her group wants to “change the way society views sex and disability.” (Enhance the UK)

A new calendar featuring scantily-clad models with disabilities is designed to squash preconceived notions about sexuality among those with special needs.

Charlotte Otuonye and David  Williams both have cerebral palsy. (Enhance the UK)

Charlotte Otuonye and David Williams both have cerebral palsy. (Enhance the UK)

Zoe Lloyd has rheumatoid arthritis. (Enhance the UK)

Zoe Lloyd has rheumatoid arthritis. (Enhance the UK)

Dubbed “Undressing Disability,” the calendar produced by the British disability advocacy group Enhance the UK includes images of people who are deaf, blind and those with cerebral palsy, among other conditions, showing off their physiques.

Sporting little more than lingerie or swimsuits, the models are featured in studio portraits and on location, posing in an iconic London taxi and in front of British landmarks like Big Ben and the Tower Bridge.

Those behind the calendar are hoping to turn a few heads.

“All too often disabled people get ignored and desexualized, even ‘babied,’ being seen as people who just need looking after and not wanting or capable of having an active, healthy sex life and loving relationship,” said Jennie Williams, CEO of Enhance the UK and one of the models for the calendar.

Williams said her group wants to “change the way society views sex and disability.”

The calendar is available for free, but a donation is requested. All funds raised will go toward an inclusive sex and relationships education project, Williams said.

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