DisabledWhen my brother was alive, he was living with a handicap. He had muscular dystrophy of the type Duchenne (“Dystrophia Musculorum Progressiva, typus Duchenne”). This kind of handicap is bad news – really bad.

Me and my family got the news about the handicap back in 1979 (might be earlier – I was only 5 years, or so). It was told that it was not likely that my brother would survive much longer than the age of 18. Fortunately my brother lived longer than that. He died in 2001, 28 years old.

Muscular dystrophy has a very bad habit, it weakens the muscles and it gets worse over time. If you have the Duchenne variation, it will get worse and worse. In the age 10-12, you will probably need help for walking, and will soon need an wheelchair (normally an electric wheelchair, a little later). In the 20’s many will need help for respiration, and might need a respirator to help you breathe. My brother had an respirator on his wheelchair for many years.

I loved spending time with my brother (Brian), who also was the best friend I could get. Brian was a bright person – his brain worked really well. Together we experienced a lot of joy and of course also sadness.

Stares and downgrading
I have been on the sideline of my my brother, the most his life. From the sideline I have experienced and noticed a lot of things. It is not easy to be disabled, many people stares on you when you’re in a wheelchair. Many people don’t think you can have a well functional brain, when you are disabled and in a wheelchair. Therefore, they talk to you as if you were 5 years old. It doesn’t get better when you have a respiratior on the back of your wheelchair, with a tube going from the backside of the wheelchair to the throat (there is a made a tracheotomy in the throat where the tube go, and makes it possible to breath with the respirator).

For many people it can be hard to understand what all this do to a human being. The staring, the downgrading and in many cases also bullying. Many people without any body problems, has a problem with their body image. Imagine, how hard it must be, when you at the same time, has a lot of people staring at you and asking “stupid questions” like they were talking to a small child.

Being naked
When my brother lived, I wasn’t nudist. I would rather say – I loved being naked, but that was alone in my appartment or on a deserted spot on the beach. Now I have realised that I love being naked. I like going to nude beaches and on naturist vacations. Naturism has learned me that nakedness can create acceptance of your own body and nudity makes other accept different bodies at the same time. We are all differrent and we are all equal at the same time. Nobody looks the same and that is what makes us equal.

I can’t remember that I’ve seen any naked disabled people on a naturist beach or a naturist resort so far. It is a bit sad, because what would happen if more disabled visited naturist places? I think there would be a much bigger understanding for disabled men and women. Another thing is that the disabled would experience, that they would feel more accepted in naturist societies, where diversities is much more accepted than other places.

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  1. Hi what a great and moving article, I’m paraplegic [paralysed] from the waist down and a ‘home nudist’ but would love to go to a public nudist site and be accepted by able bodied nudists

  2. I am really glad you liked the article, it is a deep felt topic for me, therefore I am very happy to hear from a disabled person who actually liked the article.

    Sad to hear that you are paralysed from the waist down. But I am also glad to hear that you have found that you like to be nude at home and maybe in a more publiv environment.

    I live in Denmark – where do you Live?

    /Regards
    Peter

  3. We have very good friends who some to Charco del Palo twice a year. He has MS which has gradually got worst over the past two year. He brings his own mobility scooter, he has it down to a fine art with Monarch Airlines with regards to transporting his scooter. Charco del Palo is wheelchair friendly. We have a Canarian resident who is quadriplegic so all our footpaths are wheelchair friendly. http://www.nudelanza.com/content/your-experiences#comment-354. See link to Chris’s own experiences.

  4. G’day,
    I’m Matthew. 36 years old. I also have my physical disability since I was born. Cerebral Palsy. And nudist. I became full-nudist and went to the nude beaches in Sydney last year, I absolutely loved it. I think nudism embraced me greatly and it helps me to feel comfortable with my naked body despite of my imperfections – one of my best decisions ever I made to go naked 24/7.

    You’ll be happy to be naked once you have made the choice. I know its not for everyone but you’ll be glad that you could do it. I know I did, I LOVE IT! =)

  5. Hi I think the article is really great – from the heart. I used to run a BBS and there was a conference – blog nowadays – called Disability-Link. I have friends with handicaps and have learned a lot from them. My sense is I am disabled because Im not disabled !
    So finding the sister above had got courage to explore understanding of nature after all the hardship she had supported and so to try naturism is marvellous.

    Im getting on and aware how things get more difficult, but .have been a lifelong naturist and enjoyed it as an aid to keeping fit and healthy and keeping a rational outlook on life. I have met several others who have handicaps in naturist holiday places we visit in France. They seem to get by and enjoy things as much as I do.

    A cousin who is a paraplegiac spends much of his time at home when its reasonable weather nude. That has advantages – he can cope with his pipes and sanitary cleaning etc more easily.

    Of course it hasnt been easy to share his approach with otherseven family as sharing the paraphernalia of human necessity makes him feel shy, but we had a lovely holiday with them in a villa in southern italy.

    There was a pool there and I spent most of my time as usual naked in the sun, in the pool or around. As did his wife, but he couldnt quite let his pants down while I and Jane were around, sadly but I was often off-site getting shopping, or visiting somewhere, so he probably managed that while we were out.

    I would get up very early and set off on a walk naked in the Campania of olive groves on a large area of wild hillside. I saw no-one else around and climbed up to the roof terrace of an abandoned farm tower-house that is a feature of the area. I was sad I couldnt have my cousin up there to see the fantastic view over the sea near Bari. I had to go up very dangerous stairways and over rough rocky ground he couldnt have made it in the wheelchair.

    I go for naturist walks with SOC in S england – on the downs and forested areas and thats wonderful exercise and good comeradie. People with more or less mobility and slight handicaps sometimes come with us in a group of sometimes 4o persons. A regular member is a lady with a guide-dog who is blind. We have to help her with the dog also taking an arm, especially if the tracks are uneven also crossing stiles and even a barbed wire fence I remember. She is very good company so everyone likes taking a turn to help.

    In the French “Randonnue” movement for naturist hiking – see google- or “Vivre Nue” website, you can follow there hikes with a lady Silvie who has a joint handicap, who has been very active participant with quite difficult walks naked in the wild parts of France.

    Naturist hiking is a wonderful activity in company in open country, more arkward maybe stressful one ones own. I can still manage say 10 miles in a sunny day. Another possibility is Kyak in countryside rivers in the nude. I have done quite a lot of that a while ago. Surprisingly a handicap on land may be no hindrance once one is settled into a Kyak, but of course one shoulld have someone else and learn what to do in case you turn over also to help get in and out of the kyak. Maybe easier in a canadian canoe, but I like the freedom and manoeverability of Kyaks..

    Invitation Come with SOC walks – anyone who feels up to it is welcome – I suggest start by contacting our SOC walk leaders so they can talk you through and pick a suitable walk. Note we have a planned day of 10-12 miles starting from a pub and returning in time for a pub supper. Many of the walks could be done with a shortcut if there was an arrangement made to suit a relatively able but handicapped visitor with an experienced fit person accompanying them who has an ordnance map. SOC naturist Walks cover much of southern and central England from time to time. Arrangements can also be made for lifts from a meeting place or by train.

  6. Hi again been a while but loved all replies ands its good to see more wheelchair and disabled nudists in the world. I live in the UK

  7. Peterws great post and with regards to your cousin’s situation, I’m a paraplegic to and at first was really nervous about being nude with other people not because I’m ashamed of any of my ‘parts’ but because I’m totally urinary incontinent so have to wear external catheters 24/7. With experimenting and trying out I find I can stay dry for around an hour depending on liquid intake and timing, with only slight leaks when I transfer to/from my wheelchair or when I push up slopes. Think this continence issue does put a lot of disabled people off. I would not go around with my catheter on because I think people would find that offensive, although I did know of a fellow paraplegic who had a foley catheter fitted [a catheter fitted into the bladder through the penis with only a short end showing at tip of urethra]] and he was a regular public nudist.But on the whole I think nudist/clothes free has made me feel so much more free.

  8. Hi Dennis my friend – living in the wheelchair noted above – has just published a Biography about his experiences – its a small paperback

    The Title is “You have not a leg to stand on”
    DD Mayers, ISBN 978-1-78538-240-4
    http://www.andrewsuk.com

    You can get it printed or Kindle-electronic copy on Amazon.

    ‘The story of one mans journey to despair and back again’..
    NB Its an amazing read told by flashbacks, with a experience-resume of what a “Quad” has to expect will happen to them in the life-training at Stoke Mandeville. Its useful to give an idea what to expect to anyone
    involved with ones life and its highly organised daily coping strategies.

    Theres interesting stuff about life in Kenya, and how to make life work out in London and in a vineyard in Sussex; a mad trip overland back to UK through the middle east – all the countries now or recently in conflict and how they managed with lots of generosity to cope with events.

    We went to the launch of the book last week at the Aldwych theatre and theres another one due shortly. It is an encouragement to everyone you can survive and mostly you need to be brave and give things a go. A lovely partner who flits in and out in the storyline has much to take credit for also.

  9. I have mental disease (from birth), and epilepsy (resulting from encephalitis developed about 45 years ago). I will soon move to another country from the UK in the hope of a greater chance of a naturist lifestyle. This was provoked by my recent experience that my fits and general well- being were greatly improved since I started sleeping in the nude. My NHS carers much dislike this attitude, but I would rather have fits that result in a simple medical check , than much more regular fits that result in unconsciousness and a couple of broken bones! Now I would prefer a life in the nude!

  10. i am french , sorry to my English , i am paraplégic t12 since 1989 and naturist , i go to beach , and i have a place on naturist camp for hollidays

  11. Hi Jeanmi great to see another paraplegic naturist, feel free to get in touch

  12. I would love to have guest posts about being disabled and naturist. If you could be interested the feel free to write me. I am the founder of this blog, if you want to guest blog it will be posted on this blog.

    /Peter – Spotnaked

  13. I am a C5 quadriplegic and loves being nude in the morning while I get up. I also love being nude throughout the day. I’m a little shy but want to appreciate my body even more the way it is by going to a nudist resort called naturist Legacy in Manitoba Canada I’m so looking forward to meet other like-minded people enjoying nudism and exposing to them my disabled body. I would like to make more of an awareness about disabled people being nude. Can’t wait for summer and going out there. Take care to all of those enjoying nature in the nude.

  14. Hello Jack, please note I refrained from saying hi Jack!! great to meet yet another wheelchair user and nudist. As I said earlier I’m paraplegic [incomplete] and enjoy the clothes free lifestyle

  15. Hello, I am Wayne and live in the United States. I have been disabled (Multiple Sclerosis) and a nudist for 30 years. I spend as much time as possible nude inside and outside of my house, swimming and sunbathing around my pool, I feel so much better without clothes on. The nudist resorts I have visited, here in America, were handicapped accessible and the people, for the most part, were friendly and accepting of my disability, whether I was using a walker, cane, or in my wheelchair.

  16. I have been a very active nudist for thirty five years, the last ten as a C5/C6 Quadriplegic in a wheel chair due to a motor vehicle accident. Along with my female friend, we are members at a local landed nudist club. We spend as many weekends there throughout the year as time allows and are very disappointed when we have to wear clothing and return to the textile world.
    Whenever we travel we try to visit as many nudist resorts/clubs around the country. Last year we spent three weeks in Florida staying at two different resorts. It was wonderful never having to wear a stitch of clothing the entire time, we were disappointed when we had to finally return home.
    As I mentioned before, we are members of a local AANR Club. Nudists are the most accepting and friendly people and I consider my local club members as “family”. I was active there before my injury and they did everything they could to accommodate me afterwards. They made everything accessible and even created my own private parking spot.
    Prior to my injury I had visited many of the clubs and resorts throughout the USA, nude beaches on both coasts, as well as beaches on the Mediterranean. As I mentioned before we continue to visit as many resorts as possible. I have NEVER let my disability keep me from enjoying the nudist lifestyle and I encourage others with a disability to do the same.
    I would love to be the Ambassador for Disabled Nude Recreation. Perhaps starting a blog or creating a website to help those disabled with questions about the experience and how to get involved but the biggest issue is ACCEPTANCE. I will help them to understand that nudists don’t discriminate because of body type or material things or DISABILITIES.

    Warmest (warm is good) regards,

    FGM

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