Dating Online as Someone with a Disability
February is the month of love, so I thought I would share a little about my experience regarding all things romance in the online space over the years. Just because you are someone who finds him/herself in need of using a wheelchair, doesn't mean that you don't have a heart or that you don't feel love and affection for others. However, there are obvious differences between you and an able-bodied person that could make dating, especially in the online space, a little tricky.
Dating is an exciting and enjoyable experience. It gives us the opportunity to meet new people, see what they're like in person, and decide whether or not we want more than just a casual relationship. However, dating can also be difficult for some people simply because of their disability status. For example, if someone has been diagnosed with autism or another condition that limits their ability to communicate with others face-to-face or online, they may feel as though it's difficult finding someone who understands what they need from a potential partner – especially since many people don't realise just how challenging it can be for those with disabilities when searching for love online!
Online dating can be difficult. I know this because I have a disability, which means that my body doesn't function like yours, assuming that you are able-bodied. If you're like most people, you probably don't know what it's like to deal with a disability in your dating life and how that affects the way you navigate social media websites. If a person has a disability, they may not feel comfortable posting pictures of themselves online, for example, or even talking about their condition publicly, all because they fear being judged by others or criticised for being different (and we already know how awkward this can be).
There are ways around these problems! You don't need anyone else's approval before sharing anything on your profile; instead, ask yourself: "does this make me happy?" If so, go ahead! Also remember that if someone asks why your picture has no face in it (or any other questions), just tell them something that makes sense to you. Trust is earned, and you have the right to decide if the object of your affection is trustworthy or not. In my experience, it has always been best simply to be honest. It can be