It’s 10.55pm and I’m sat at my computer, tabbing between Facebook and Gmail while I try to decide if this is a good idea or not. Instead, I’m doing this because somebody needs to tell the truth about what it’s like to date with a disability.Somebody needs to ‘lift the veil’ on how being disabled affects dating, whether it makes it more difficult, but also see how to overcome those difficulties.This is going to be an honest account, every word you read will be true. I’m ambitious, busy and I work from home so I don’t get much chance to meet people. Next time you’ll hear about my first interactions, maybe I’ll have even had a date! • Faiza Siddiqui: my sex life after injury • Disability and TV: is it time for our close up?If you have a disability and are looking to date, I’ll share what worked for me so you can copy it. The most direct way to get some results fast seems to be online dating so I’m going to hit that shit like a bullet train. Signed up on Plenty Of Fish (pof.com) because it’s free and has the largest user base. Written myself a profile and added a picture, just a mugshot, not the chair! Dating or in a relationship and want to tell your story?Chris Blank is an independent writer and research consultant with more than 20 years' experience.Blank specializes in social policy analysis, current events, popular culture and travel.In the 1978 movie "Coming Home," Sally Hyde, an able-bodied married woman, falls in love with Luke Martin, a wounded Vietnam veteran who uses a wheelchair.
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Much of it comes from ignorance, while others want to try and demonstrate how cool they are with my disability, so they feel the need to call it out.
People largely have good intentions, but just don’t know what to do. These lines have been tried on me over a hundred times over the last few years, and they have literally worked once.
I’ve always waffled back and forth between being a hopeless romantic and a complete cynic.
I’ve been in a wheelchair since I was 5 years old, as the result of a head-on car collision, and I used to subconsciously put up walls because of it.