WAGS of SCI: The Podcast
WAGS of SCI: The Podcast - Ep. 47 - TABOO TOPIC: We Interview Trish St John- Founder Of 'Sensual Solutions', The Facilitated Sex Agency For People With Disabilities
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What exactly is ‘facilitated sex’? As part of our TABOO TOPIC podcast series, we interview the founder of a facilitated sex agency for people (and couples) with disabilities called Sensual Solutions, based in Vancouver BC Canada. This company enjoys a certain level of notoriety, and was even featured on Vice in 2016 as part of their sexual health series.

Trish St John has always considered herself a champion and advocate for the “underdog” ever since she witnessed a disabled student in her high school class being removed from the room when sexual health and body parts were being discussed. She wondered why people with disabilities and their sexual health was often ignored and overlooked?

Fast forward 30 years and Trish was retired from the finance industry, and wanted a part time job doing something completely different to keep her busy. She stumbled upon a job as a dispatcher for a high end escort agency, where she answered phones and screened clients. Very soon she realized that there was a huge niche community that was being overlooked: the disabled community. Trish would receive calls from parents of disabled people, caregivers, and people with severe disabilities like Spinal Cord Injuries looking to book a session with an escort in a safe space to explore their sexuality. Trish realized that the needs of these clients couldn’t be met in a traditional agency setting.. there was little understanding of their needs, and some requests like cuddling, sexual intimacy coaching, and kissing, were not accommodated. From there, Trish realized there was a need for an agency with qualified “coaches” to assist disabled clients with their sexuality. And so Sensual Solutions was born…

Join us as we interview Trish and learn more about what makes Sensual Solutions unique, the mission of the company, what exactly they do for clients, who works for them and what qualifications are needed for the role of a “Coach”. Do these coaches have sex with their clients? What about fetishes? Do they have inter-abled couples as clients and do they do threesomes? What about education and assistance?

We also discuss legislative regulations and roadblocks that prevent her company from being a legitimate “facilitated sex service” that is not grouped in with illegal sex agencies. How has this company dealt with the pandemic? What does the future look like for Facilitated Sex Workers? And More… You will NOT want to miss this “taboo” topic where we clear up misconceptions, and dig deep into the underground world of paid-for sex and disabilities.

This episode is sponsored by Wishart Brain and Spine Law https://brainandspinelaw.com. Robyn Wishart and her team of SCI Lawyers specialize in helping those who are injured live a life and NOT a claim and serve clients all over North America as advocates. To learn more about what Robyn is doing to help the WAGS of SCI community, visit our website or contact Wishart Law directly to discuss your claim for FREE.

This episode is sponsored by Camp PossAbility , a camp for people with Spinal Cord Injuries aged 18-40. This years Camp PossAbility is in Martinsville Indiana, and will be attended by people from all over the United States. This week long camp hosts many adapted activities, and provides all its attendees with trained SCI assistants for BP, transfers, Skin checks and more (they even include medical supplies and equipment!). This years Camp PossAbility runs from August 1st – 6th 2021, and registration opens February 1st. Limited spots available with financial aid and payment plans available for those who need it. The best part? Most of the Camp fee is taken care of by Camp PossAbility staff through grants and donations. For more information visit http://www.camppossability.org or email lauren@camppossability.org. You can also contact them via their Facebook and Instagram pages. 

Shout Out to Rebecca Minna of For The Love Of Parking https://www.fortheloveofparking.com, an advocacy platform dedicated to creating awareness and education around access for all. Rebecca is dedicated to changing ADA laws, but needs YOUR help! She also sells medical grade Percussor massage devices on her “shop” page (use code WAGSOFSCI for a discount!)  For more information visit https://www.fortheloveofparking.com and use the hashtag #DontParkLikeAPunk