Outcomes of our work

Over the history of Touching Base, we have been constantly guided into action by our objects, principles and aims. Our activities include:

  • Responding to enquiries for information and assistance in accessing sex workers from people with disability and their carers
  • Operating a referral database of accessible commercial sex services premises and independent sex workers who are willing or have experience or training, to provide non-discriminatory services to people with disability
  • Providing training programs for people with disability, their service providers and carers, such as our Service Provider Awareness Training (SPAT)
  • Providing training programs for sex workers and other sex industry staff, such as our Professional Disability Awareness Training (PDAT)
  • Maintaining this website as a unique resource of relevant and specific information [originally designed by students from Shopfront at the University of Technology, Sydney]
  • Developing resources to encourage better practice when accessing sex services. Our new Policy and Procedural Guide – for disability service providers supporting clients to access sex services was launched in 2011. Development of this resource involved collaboration and in-kind support from the University of New South Wales, People with Disability Australia Inc, Family Planning NSW and the Cerebral Palsy Alliance (formerly The Spastic Centre) amongst others; along with significant contributions from individual sex workers and people with disability.
  • Commissioning of discussion papers on legal issues and liaising with the Disability Discrimination Legal Centre
  • Raising the public and professional awareness of the issues surrounding the access and provision of Sex Industry services for people with a disability by:
    • contributing to culture change in various disability organisations through delivering presentations to conferences and other forums,
    • liaising on laws and town planning regulations that act as barriers to people with disability accessing sex services,
    • engaging with media,
    • marching together behind the Touching Base Banner in the world famous Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, and
    • networking online with allied stakeholders in Australia, NZ, Canada, UK and USA.