Human Sexuality

Friday, March 20, 2009

Sexuality is a key component of the human experience. And many people who are intellectually or physically disabled may find it difficult to express their sexuality in satisfying and appropriate ways. Otto Baxter, a 21-year old man with Down's Syndrome, wants to have the same sexual experiences that his peers are experiencing and his mother, Lucy Baxter, is doing her part to make this a reality. But at what point does the search for a meaningful sexual experience become a universal one? A quest that proves to be no harder or easier whether you are disabled or not? Joining us to sort this through is Otto Baxter, and his mother Lucy Baxter as well as Karen Avery. She is the Associate Director of Independence First. Independence First is an independent living center dedicated to giving power and independence to people with disabilities.

Lucy's mission has garnered a lot of media attention. Here is one appearance:


Karen Avery, Lucy Baxter and Otto Baxter

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Comments [2]


Sorry I didn't put my email address. It is

Mar. 20 2009 09:48 AM

I would like to be in touch with this mother. I live in the US but my 21 year old son with Down syndrome would also like a girlfriend. He is a very social young man very much like Otto, and it hurts to have him ask me when he will get married. He wants a normal life, which we have provided him in every other way, but this. He also does not want a girlfriend with Down syndrome, this is hard. Please contact me with any ideas.

Mar. 20 2009 09:44 AM

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