Canberra may be well known for its sex shops, but when it comes to people with disability it seems the businesses are reluctant to sell their wares with just one store exhibiting at a sexpo-style event on Saturday.
The Feel the Vibe expo, featuring six exhibitors, follows a forum held in Canberra on Friday promising to lift "the lid on sexuality and disability" and break down taboos surrounding the topic.
Nicole O'Callaghan-Dittmar from Women with Disabilities ACT said she was looking forward to taking a group of six women to the expo, but was disappointed there wasn't more interest from local sex shops besides Hello Sexy.
"They've encountered some negativity from sex shops in Canberra, I'm really hoping it doesn't happen in future and other sex shops come on board," she said.
"I think disability scares people if you don't know a lot about it to see someone with a physical disability is pretty confronting."
Ms O'Callaghan-Dittmar said there was a gap in the "niche market" of sexual aids for people with disability.
"There's a lot on the internet but not much in Canberra," she said.
"It's something the industry could invest in a little more ... people with disabilities are consumers just like everyone else."
Ms O'Callaghan-Dittmar has sensory motor neuropathy and is in a wheelchair, but beyond physical barriers she said people with disability could have communication and cognitive barriers that made sexuality and meeting sexual partners challenging.
Organising the event is service provider Northcott. Chief executive Kerry Stubbs said sexuality for people with disability remained a taboo topic for broader society and she did not expect the sex industry to be any different.
"Some of the sex shops aren't real accessible so they might have felt there wasn't much point which is a problem for people with disabilities in all aspects of life," she said.
"There were one or two who said they get a lot of people with disabilities anyway ... but we're happy to have one."
The expo will feature stands from the Sex Workers Outreach Program, Sydney charity Touching Base which aims to help people with disability connect with sex workers, Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT, accessibility supplier Seating Dynamics and Northcott.