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  Romance & Dating 

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Dating, Romance and Relationships are not exclusive to people without disabilities. We also desire to have relationships, families and yes, sex lives. Getting out there is the first and can be the most difficult step when looking for companionship and love when  you have a disability. DAPDET has a few tips and some helpful advice if you're looking into finding your special someone.

Dating is an avenue to promote socialization and communication with other singles who are also interested in dating. Dating when you have a disability can be a little intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be so stressful. Whether dating virtually or traditionally, DAPDET has tips and advice to help you along the way!

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What Dating Sites are Best?

There are many online dating sites for single women and men, with or without disabilities, that can help you meet others. Whether you’re adventuring off into the dating world first time or getting back into it, choosing a dating site can be a daunting task, but DAPDET has you covered! Listed are the best sites specifically for the disabled community, as well as, traditional sites where you can build healthy relationships safely.

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Tips & Advice for Dating Disabled

Dating when you have a disability can make you feel excited, nervous, hopeful and intimidating, to say the least. Here are a few tips that can help you be safe, put your best foot forward and find your perfect match.

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  • Don't rush things. Take your time and get to know your match before you set a date.

  • Don’t be discouraged if a date doesn’t work out.

  • Don't settle for less than you deserve. You are worthy of love!

  • Explain your caregiver, if you have one.

  • If you go on a date, be safe and take a buddy. Research the location and make sure it's accessible.

  • Be honest about your disability in your profile, but don't make it your focus.

  • Limit personal information (eg: where you live or work)

  • Be confident. Highlight what makes you awesome.

  • Be positive. Positivity=positive reaction/results

  • Be patient. Remember this may not give you instant gratification. It's a process
     

Dating Someone with a Disability

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Dating someone with disability requires many good qualities like compassion, patience, understanding, and the ability to see past the physical and acceptance of that persons shortcomings or limitations. Here are a few tips that may help on your journey.

  • Educate yourself on Disability Etiquette.

  • Check your ableism at the door!

  • Don't patronize your date! Treat them how you would like to be treated.

  • Don't desexualize us! We all have desires for intimacy.

  •  Be patient. This will be a earning experience for you both.

  • Communicate your feelings, fears and things you don't understand.

  •  Validate their feelings and be supportive.

  • Brace yourself for judgements and don't allow others to steal your joy.