At the end of my last blog, which was about Seeing Beyond Disability , I mentioned a social connection of mine that might progress. Since that post, my relationship has done just that, and I have spent some time thinking about dating and disability. Online dating has made it easier for people in general to meet each other. However, living in this day and age of online connections, a double-edge sword presents itself.
How to Date When You Have a Disability
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A few months ago, a young man who read one of my posts on dating and disability started chatting with me via social media. Like myself, he has Cerebral Palsy and is queer sidebar: whenever queer crips find each other it's pretty amaze balls, because we're out there, but we very rarely connect with one another. He told me that my writing was like he was reading his life on the page. I am of course, extremely humbled that my few words could have such an impact on my fellow queer crips. As we continued talking, he said something that touched me in a way that almost two months later, I can't shake. He told me in no uncertain terms, that not once had anyone ever told him that he was sexy. As a result of this, he hated his disability and all that it had essentially "robbed" him of.
what dating is like when you're differently abled
No two conditions or individual experiences are the same, so all disabilities come with their own host of unique challenges—especially when it comes to dating and letting someone know what exactly they might be signing up for. Should you include it in your profile, and risk turning off a bunch of potential matches before they even finish reading your bio? Do you wait until the first date?
Dating is a roller coaster. While dating in general is complicated , it's especially challenging for those of us with disabilities. The typical worries most people have when putting themselves out there in the dating world - like "Will they call? Why didn't they call?