However, dating somebody with a disability is a topic that is often overlooked. I want to go over six small things I feel everyone should know about dating someone with a disability, whether your significant other is someone living with a disability, if you plan on dating someone with a disability, or you just want to open your mind to the culture behind disability. As an adult who is self-sufficient and willing to tell you when something will not work out, I can tell you a lot of us love to go on normal dates, just like anyone else! We would want you to tell us if you were unable to do something, or felt unsafe doing something.
Tabitha Estrellado maneuvers her wheelchair to greet friends at Blackthorn 51, a rock club in Queens, N. Credit Credit Wendy Lu. By Wendy Lu. Sometimes when Tabitha Estrellado meets a man, he will extend a hand and expect her to shake it. Estrellado, 32, has muscular dystrophy, a chronic disease in which muscles weaken and waste over time until they no longer work at all. Even as your brain commands a finger to curl or a toe to wiggle just a few centimeters, nothing moves.
In the age of interracial, transgender, and trans-generational dating, why is it still so easy to get a little freaked when you find yourself attracted to someone with a physical disability? The answer lies with the many false assumptions and negative stereotypes about people in wheelchairs that continue to be prevalent in our society. On top of that, we also are frequently not portrayed in the media as sexy and desirable. Unfortunately, this misinformation may be preventing you from having the most amazing romance.
There are so many misconceptions about dating someone with a disability. So, to help dispell some of these myths, we recently shared a blog post from Becky, whose partner Dan uses a wheelchair, about common disability and dating questions. I could go on forever, listing things that are amazing about being with Dan. When someone has a disability, they usually need to be really open and honest from the start. They need you to understand their disability.