I’ve always waffled back and forth between being a hopeless romantic and a complete cynic.
I’ve been in a wheelchair since I was 5 years old, as the result of a head-on car collision, and I used to subconsciously put up walls because of it.
Danielle Sheypuk, about dating, relationships and sexuality among disabled people. As any experienced wheelchair user knows, getting around town may not be the easiest thing to do unless you have a wheelchair van.
“For me I was about 13 or 14 when I got invited for a sleepover, which was the first time someone had invited me to their house.” According to disability charity Scope, which launched the study as part of its #End The Awkward campaign, only five per cent of people have ever been on a date with, or asked out, a disabled person.
Even though there are at least 9.4 million disabled people in England, accounting for 18 per cent of the population.
When you are meeting up with somebody for a date, we suggest choosing a comfortable location that you know can accommodate your needs.
This helps focus your attention on getting to know your date, instead of struggling against potential environmental barriers.