We&rsquo,re exploring love in many forms with first-hand accounts from the frontlines of dating, marriage, intimity and friendship, all with people living&mdash,and loving&mdash,with disabilities or challenges like long-distance romance.
Does it seem more difficult to find love if you have a disability? Many of our interviewees said that, at very first, yes. (Of course, when is it ever effortless, right?) But they all agreed that once people talk and get past questions or concerns, love is love&mdash,sometimes it&rsquo,s messy but mostly it&rsquo,s marvelous. And these stories showcase it. We’re rolling out fresh stories, blogs, and experienced advice via February!
Read these incredible stories about real love in real life, then join us for a Twitter talk on respect and inclusion on Thursday, February 16, at 6:00 p.m. CT. Learn more about the talk now!
Leap ahead to stories about:
Dating and Disability
Social worker and disability rights consultant Vilissa Thompson shares her practice dating as a women with a disability and offers tips for potential suiters unacquainted with disability.
Check out Vilissa’s etiquette tips
Easterseals Thrive’s Erin Hawley has attempted online dating with websites for people with disabilities, general online dating websites as well as social media. She’s sharing all she’s learned with you. Online Dating 101 with a Disability
Dr. Sheypuk is a clinical psychologist who specializes in dating, relationships and sexiness among people with disabilities.
Maurice Snell, who has ASD, shares his journey in love and relationships, including his best dating advice.
Chad Cunningham shied away from the dating scene until his 20s. Find out what clicked to get him dating and, ultimately, finding love. Plus find out his big news!
When Bridget Houlihan became interested in George, she asked him out. Read Bridget and George&rsquo,s love story
Bridget&rsquo,s Top Five Dating Tips for People with Disabilities
#AskEasterSeals Q&,A on Romantic Relationships with Autism
Here are a few romantic, unique, and even funny stories of marriage proposals, plus life after the wedding.
Love and Marriage
Bridget and George share their story, from very first date to wedding day, and learn more about the ways in which they support each other. See their movie
Palmer Harston Williams shares her love story and her creative ideas for planning a wheelchair accessible wedding.
Two couples share the ups and downs of marriage after 50 years.
Elizabeth Wampler stumbled into love with Steve, an adventurous sportsman with cerebral palsy (CP). He often navigates the world with a wheelchair or a mountain-climbing corset while Elizabeth takes on life with the kind of humor and honesty that may make you redden and befriend her all at once. Read Elizabeth and Steve&rsquo,s love story.
Military couples, military separations
Have you heard? We have a fresh webinar on closeness and relationships for military couples. Our free webinar addresses questions on how to identify and meet the emotional needs of your fucking partner and more. See the webinar now.
Sara Heidenheimer shares how she and her spouse kept the love and respect for each other strong through his four tours of duty while in the U.S. Navy and her two pregnancies. Get Sara&rsquo,s 6 Secrets for Bridging Military Separations.
Shayne and Kristen have been friends since they were Trio years old, connecting over school, movies and even their collective disability. Read their story of friendship and support.
Ben Trockman finds independence while being cared for by his nurse and friend. Read about Ben’s relationship with his nurse.
Mary Sykes gives a first-hand account on caring for her sister who has Down syndrome. Read their story of love and sisterhood.
First-hand quotes from brothers with sisters who are living with disabilities such as Down syndrome. Read these touching quotes on siblings who have disabilities.
Hookup, proximity, and more on the blog
Stay tuned for fresh blogs on relationships all month. Here are some fresh blogs, along with some dearest blog posts on proximity and disability from this past year.
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