Sexuality and a need for intimacy is a core part of our being. People with developmental disabilities are no exception. But current healthcare institutions have trouble dealing with this. And so Leonie Schepers designed a tool to help. Her ‘Intimate Suit’ incorporates a large round ball that can be hugged, while weighted shoulder pads simulate the feeling of being held. In the middle is a stimulator for friction. Although each element can be used separately, when connected, every movement affects the whole. What started as a practical solution has since gone on to spark an important ethical discussion regarding its use and Schepers is now working closely with carers to address this.
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