Episode 059 -- The Intersection of Disability and Sexuality

Each year, I spend a week on the JoCo Cruise. I talked about it last year in Episode 4, and this year was just as amazing.

Robin Wilson-Beattie dressed as a Wakanda warrior

This year, I also met Robin Wilson-Beattie on the boat. She is a speaker, writer, and educator working at the intersection of disability and sexuality. We sat down on the ship's art gallery to talk about these issues and how they impact stroke survivors and other folks with disabilities.

We met up on cosplay day which explains why Robin was in her full Wakandan warrior regalia. Probably.


Robin Wilson-Beattie HeadshotRobin came into the world able-bodied, but had a birth defect that resulted in a spinal aneurysm. After scheduling surgery to fix the aneurysm, she learned she was pregnant. During the surgery, she acquired a spinal cord injury that resulted in partial paralysis. She continues to recover while living in San Francisco and helping folks with disabilities navigate the world of sex.

Hack of the Week

Robin recommends Amazon Prime and Delivery for folks living with disabilities.

Considering the amount of energy (or spoons) it can take to leave the house for something as simple as groceries, taking full advantage of delivery services can make a huge difference in what else folks with disabilities can accomplish during the day.

It's not lazy. It's smart. It lets you preserve that energy to focus on your recovery. Or your work. Or time with your family. Or whatever else may bring long-term value into your life.

April is Occupational Therapy Month

If you're still in OT, and you like your therapists, tell them how you appreciate the work they do. If you're no longer in OT, consider sending them a message or note telling them about where you are today. OTs, especially from early in our recovery don't often hear back from former patients and are delighted to get updates.


Robin's Website


Robin on Facebook (@SexAbled)


Robin on Twitter


Robin on LinkedIn


Broadly Article on Robin


What you should know about birth control when you have a disability


Robin at AASECT


ADAPT Civil Rights Organization


Bethany Stevens Website


Bethany Stevens on Twitter


Spoon Theory


JoCo Cruise


Strokecast on JoCo


Occupational Therapy Month


Strokecast: Sex after Stroke


Where do we go from here?

  • Are there specific questions about sex and sexuality after stroke that you would like me to address in a future episode? Let me know in the comments at below, or email me at Bill@strokecast.com
  • Learn more about Robin's work and the organizations she mentioned by visiting the links above
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