Graduation Year

2017

Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Organizational Studies

Reader 1

Jeff Lewis

Reader 2

Barbara Junisbai

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Abstract

People with disabilities are often desexualized and excluded from many aspects of society. In America, historical and societal conditions contributed to the development of Surrogate Partner Therapy, designed to build client self-awareness and skills in the areas of physical and emotional intimacy. Surrogate Partner Therapists are certified through the International Professional Surrogates Association (IPSA). IPSA and other organizations work in a highly stigmatized field providing sexual education and experiences for marginalized people, including people with disabilities.

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