Disabled Dating and Finding Love. Practical Advice to Meet Your Match
Dating Advice for People with Disabilities
If you or a loved one has a disability, you understand what is involved with disabled dating.
While the world is growing more accommodating for people with disabilities, dating is one area in which growth has been slow. Many people without disabilities are unconsciously ableists or don't know how to approach people with disabilities, and finding someone else with a disability isn't always easy.
We have some disabled dating advice to help you out. Keep reading to learn more.
Try Online Dating
Online dating is a game-changer for people with disabilities. Finding new dates is more accessible than it's ever been.
There are disabled dating sites and communities specifically for people with disabilities to meet each other and bond, but you may be connecting from a distance. If long-distance dating isn't a problem for you, this is a great choice.
That said, even popular dating apps and platforms are a great starting point. You'll see a wide variety of people who are all near you and you'll get to put your personality forward.
Be Upfront - Be honest about your disability in your profile
If you're using a dating app, make sure that you don't hide your disability. You don't have to disclose any specifics (and if it's a mental health disability, you may not want to disclose at all), but very visible disabilities will be obvious when you meet with your new date.
Most people won't have a problem with someone with a disability, but they may be surprised when you meet up. By mentioning it ahead of time, you're preparing both of you. If they use this as a reason to avoid the date, don't get discouraged. It's their loss, not yours.
Display Confidence - Don't focus on your disability
Speaking of being upfront, make sure that you're displaying confidence when you're on your date.
You might not feel confident on the inside, but this is a universal dating experience. We all feel a little insecure when we're getting into the dating world.
Confidence is an attractive trait. You're more than your disability, so why not show off a bit?
Follow Your Interests
One of the most important disabled dating tips is also one of the top dating tips in general. Follow your interests and relationships will follow.
If you're not the online dating type, consider joining clubs or doing activities that you enjoy or are interested in. These can include volunteering, accessible sports, gaming, and more.
If you are the online dating type, join forums and websites associated with your hobbies.
When you meet people in these environments, you know that you already have at least one thing in common. This gives you a stepping stone for continuing the dating process.
Disabled dating can be tricky, but so is dating in general. Many people with disabilities find love with ease, so why can't you? Put these tips to the test and see how your romantic life unfolds.
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Disabled Dating and Finding Love. Advice to Meet Your Match