I leave it to the reader to form his or her own judgement about Lucy.
But before you do, consider what Otto had to say: he said that he would like a girlfriend so that he can “have a shower together, wash her back and have a lazy day in bed.
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Individuals with disabilities may be perceived as being asexual or hyper-sexual (i.e. The stereotyping of individuals with disabilities as non-sexual or hyper-sexual beings has exaggerated misconceptions about the impact of an individuals’ disability on his or her sexual functioning.
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Still others thought Lucy was doing the right thing in helping Otto find love and enjoy life.Only recently, has information on sexuality, intimacy, and sexual functioning become part of the rehabilitation process of individuals with disabilities (i.e.spinal cord jury, traumatic brain injury, developmental disabilities, amputation, etc.).This list gathers together major players in the social networking field that cater to users with disabilities.It is an open list, so if you have a favorite social network that isn't featured, enter it below to make sure it's included on the list.All of this has contributed to increased research on sexuality and disability from clinical aspects to health promotion.When a mother looks for a girlfriend on her son’s behalf, it may not sound so strange.But Lucy Baxter’s 21 year old son, Otto, has Down’s Syndrome.Lucy wants Otto to “live a fully rounded life” and to “enjoy the same experiences as other men his age.” Lucy has encouraged Otto to go to nightclubs to pick up women and, if Otto wants to, go to a brothel.Lucy hopes that Otto will have a healthy sex life, and even marry, and have children of his own.The response to Lucy and Otto’s story was all over the map.