Dating can often be a challenge for singles — especially online dating — but dating when you have a mental, physical, or emotional disability can make it that much more troublesome.It doesn’t matter if you’re a disabled single looking for a great date or a long-term relationship — you’ve got to find the right site first.There are a number of options within Disabled Passions to help connect members, including the following: Disabled ‘Groups’ allow members to find others who share very specific interests / similarities.Disabled Forums allow members to post on topics of interest.But for many people, the thought of dating someone in a chair still seems daunting—is it rude to ask questions? “Just like able-bodied individuals, some people in wheelchairs are loving and interesting, while some are jerks.” Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, here are five ways to prep yourself before a date with someone who has a physical disability.Depending on your partner’s mobility, you may need to do things like drive, open the door, assist with a transfer, assemble the wheelchair, feed your date or sign the bill.But don't just take our word for it, read what some of our ex-singles say in our Disabled Dating Success Stories.
A woman has to be prepared to work with her partner to overcome those challenges.” Rushing to help when it’s not needed can be insulting, so ask beforehand what your date will need.
Then again, your “disabled” date, even a quadriplegic, may be able to do all of that—it’s case-by-case, so keeping an open, team-player attitude is key.
“Certain people can’t deal with dating a guy in a wheelchair,” says Matt Castelluccio of Monroe, New York, whose spinal cord was severed in a motorcycle accident.
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