It’s not much time.” Duncan said he met his sweetheart, who is 41 and developmentally disabled, while they were sitting at opposite computer terminals at the local library.Captivated by her long blonde hair and dark eyes, Duncan introduced himself. The woman, whom he declined to identify, first insisted that she was engaged, then reluctantly agreed to go out with him, Duncan said.It personally took me a long time to admit to myself that I had CP, and then accept my body for all that it is.
I do want to talk about dating with disabilities though, because I believe that this topic is super important. Discussing dating with disabilities is important, because often society views the disabled population as inferior and almost non-existent.
According to society, disabled people are undesirable and therefore can never be “dating” or partner material. As someone with cerebral palsy myself, I think I hopefully can try to tackle this subject with some first hand experience!
First off, coming from a female’s perspective: dating is in 2016, regardless of whether or not you are disabled.
But, disabled people face more negative experiences in “first-time” dating, and that can totally ruin the outlook of hope that you had before.
I cannot, and I am not trying to, speak for every disabled person in my age range, but upon talking with my friends I am making a general consensus that it is fair to say we’ve all been significantly discouraged or disappointed when we started to put ourselves out there.