ABSTRACT

This chapter shapes around a group of men whose identities are impacted by a context where the biggest daily focus can be high physical and practical support needs, in preference to supporting individuality within a broader socio-cultural and sexually constructive framework. Literature confirmed that topics of sexuality and sexual orientation of men and women with a learning disability can be marginalised aspects of their lives that remain unrecognised and undefined by the individuals themselves. Generally speaking, men who attended the dance movement psychotherapy (DMP) group had mild to moderate learning disability, some developmental delay, a neurological degenerative condition and autism. The group now has a greater appreciation of their differences and know that we do not all need to be the same type of man. Being men in this therapy and social context has raised our understanding of different ways of being, of speaking and acting with respect for those who are not the same as ourselves.