With the vision that all people have a right to a self-affirming and
enjoyable sexuality, TARSHI has been involved with conducting
consultations and workshops with parents and care-providers of young
people with intellectual and multiple disabilities to address challenges
and develop strategies to deal with sexuality related concerns since
In 2008 TARSHI has conducted sessions with people with disabilities,
parents and special educators, to help address their challenges with
respect to sexuality. Through these sessions, TARSHI has created space
for dialogue, provided training and consultancy services and networked
with various organisations. TARSHI also participated in various
workshops, discussions and meetings to gain an understanding of issues
related to disabilities.
Workshops, Meetings and Trainings Conducted
TARSHI conducted a workshop, organised by
Foundation, Dehradun, in November 2008, with parents of children and
youth with developmental and multiple disabilities. The participants
comprised of special educators, assistant teachers and a
physiotherapist. The workshop provided information and an understanding
of sexuality, sexual and reproductive health and rights.
TARSHI conducted sessions at
Four Steps, New Delhi with special educators of the School as well
as with parents of some of the students.
In early, November 2008, Society for Child
Development, New Delhi organised a four-day pre-seminar workshop for
people working with issues related to disability. Members of TARSHI
attended the workshop. The theme of the workshop was disability and
sexual health. The resource person covered issues of disability,
sexuality, intimacy, relationships, laws and legal issues pertaining to
people with disabilities, and various methods to provide sexuality
education to people with disabilities.
At the seminar that followed the workshop representatives from TARSHI made a presentation Sexuality Concerns and Challenges of
Persons with Disabilities from a Rights Based Perspective. The paper
presented an overview of issues of disability and sexuality in India
with respect to laws, policies and services and also looks at the ethics
and principles to keep in mind when working on issues of sexuality with
people with disabilities focussing on important dilemmas that parents,
care providers and people with disabilities themselves face when
confronted with issues of sexuality.
Society, Gurgaon organised a workshop on ‘Functional Living Skills
and Best Practices’ for both professionals and parents of persons with
disabilities. A representative from TARSHI moderated a session at the workshop
on sexuality and disability. The focus of the workshop was to understand
and provide functional living skills to children with disabilities and
to learn about the best practices regarding working with disabilities.
TARSHI staff also participated in a seminar jointly organized by
Women’s Development Studies and
Women’s Studies and Development Centre on Disability, Gender and
Sexuality – Contemporary Perspectives and Challenges in August 2008 and
a workshop on
United Nations Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities
AARTH in April 2008. We have also worked with
for the Blind – Centre for Blind Women and they have transcribed
limited copies of the
Red book into Braille and have helped give feedback on the audio
book as well.