Wheelchair user dating
We don’t want to come off as whiney or angry crips who can never be happy and find offense in every possible way we are portrayed.
We really ARE NOT inherently bitchy people with “chips on our shoulders.” Well some are, but nobody pays any attention to them anyway.
Most people, let’s be honest, don’t even think about wheelchair-users in the realm of dating, but the truth is that many of us want to date or are currently dating. Fortunately there are a handful of wheelchair-users who love doling it out. Ruth’s of this world, but they’re out there and they’re recording their advice just for you; and w00t, they’ve made some amazing videos.
Straight from the heart advice coming right at ya, here are three unforgettable videos from wheelchair-users on the sticky topic of wheelchair dating.
“There are things that able-bodied people take for granted.
A woman has to be prepared to work with her partner to overcome those challenges.” Rushing to help when it’s not needed can be insulting, so ask beforehand what your date will need.
I woke up on the side of the road, paralyzed from the chest down.
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Everyone has an opinion on dating, but not everyone has one when it comes to the wheelchair side of things.
The injury was devastating, but the societal condemnation that came on top of it was worse. In the United States, we were still sterilizing people with disabilities against their will.
The kindly advice from my doctor was to check myself into a nursing home for the rest of my life to avoid being a burden on my family.