Dating with disabilities
Someone can be anyone online — they can be true representations of who they are in person, or they can become a digitalized recreation into some "ideal" image of themselves.
As such, they can find and connect with a vast audience that is extremely diverse.
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.
At the same time, we need the general public to come around too.I congratulate them after they’ve been rejected or turned down the first few couple times; I congratulate them on officially entering the dating world. Instead of closing it off right away, entertain the idea if you feel attracted to someone in a wheelchair or an amputee. Maybe it’s because you’re excluding a whole group of potential romantic partners: people with disabilities. That’s often an accomplishment in it of itself for people. DS: Sometimes we go on dates, and we don’t get that call back that we think we’re going to get, so the easiest thing for us people with disabilities is [to blame it on] our disability, like, “Oh, it must be the wheelchair. [Upon first recognizing this stigma, I thought], Is that what people think?That because I have a disability I can’t enter the dating world like everyone else?