It’s a common myth that Disabled persons “only date other Disabled people”.
Truth is, love knows no boundaries, and romance can often blossom between someone with and someone without a Disability.
But that doesn’t mean it’s always plain-sailing! Here’s a few tips on how to date someone who has a Disability. Enjoy!
Don’t be afraid to suggest adventurous outings!
We get it, you don’t want to offend us by suggesting something we’d have a lot of difficulty doing.
But that doesn’t mean we want to be boring! We have goals & dreams too, and that includes going on adventures!
That’s not to say to be careless, and of course it’s important to take someone’s condition into consideration. But we still want to go out and have fun or try new things.
So maybe next time instead of suggesting meeting up again at that same-old coffee shop, why not have a think outside the box for something a bit more exciting!
HINT: To get you started, why not check out our blog-post ‘7 Ideas for a Great First Date’ ;)
Honesty is the Best Policy!
When it comes to tricky questions or subjects, it’s important to be open and honest, especially early on in the relationship.
Avoiding talking about these things only leads to issues later down the line. Things that could’ve been resolved in an open conversation at the start, can become tricky tangles to get out of later on.
Now, of course, you don’t want to offend, and this isn’t an excuse to be completely blunt. But if there is something you’re not sure about, it’s better to ask (in the appropriate place & time), rather than let it slide and become a problem later on.
If you can start a relationship on a strong foundation of good communication, then you’ve got a relationship that’s built to last!
We may need help with certain things
We’re not on the lookout for carers, but it’s good to be prepared to help out with the occasional task.
But how’s that different from any kind of relationship? If your partner came home late from work super-tired, would you think twice about helping them with cooking dinner? It’s really no different to that!
Again, if your relationship is built on solid communication, then in time you’ll get to know when’s the right time to help out, and when they can handle it themselves.
Lastly, be prepared… for a great experience!
Dating someone with a disability shouldn’t feel like a daunting task.
If you understand it properly, you’ll see how it can open you up to a whole range of new experiences, and a different way of viewing the world.
Dating someone with a disability can be a life-changer… for you!
You’ll have the opportunity to grow and learn from unique perspectives which would've never been open to you before. What’s stopping you?!
If you’re feeling nervous about going on your first date with someone with a disability, why not check out our blog-post on how to banish those pesky pre-date butterflies!