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Research to understand the sexuality of youth with physical disabilities using art


Our team wants to know about the physical, mental, and sexual wellbeing of youth with

physical disabilities. We hope to discuss how youth with physical disabilities think

and feel about their sexuality. These experiences are important and may help

improve programs about sexuality for youth with disabilities.


Dr. Amy McPherson, Principal Investigator
Madison Giles, MSc, PhDc, student Principal Investigator
Dr. Dionne Gesink, University of Toronto Supervisor

The study team also comprises University of Toronto researchers, a youth collaborator as well as parent and youth consultants

Call to action

Are you a young person aged 13-21 who identifies as having a physical disability? If so, we invite you to participate in a virtual research study that asks about sexuality (e.g., body image, consent, etc.) using art!

Who can participate

Youth aged 13-21 years old who identify as having a physical disability and live in Ontario.

Funding agency

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship – Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

What's involved

Three one-on-one virtual sessions that ask about sexuality. The first two sessions are two hours each and the third session is thirty minutes. In total, the virtual session is four and a half hours. During the three sessions, we will do an art activity called body mapping. Body mapping is creating a map in the shape of a person – it’s a way of expressing your thoughts and feelings through art.


Interested in participating

If you are interested in participating in this study or have additional questions, please contact Madison Giles at or 416-425-6220 extension 3277

Additional information

Version 1 (22/09/2021) REB #0119
The sexual subjectivity of youth with physical disabilities: An arts-based study in Ontario, Canada


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