Marietta was among the dozen or so guests already seated at the table when he finally arrived, half frozen, snow still clinging to his hair.“I couldn’t tell you who else was in the room that night,” Stephen said like a bashful teenager, years later.Dating sites for the disabled act as social networking sites and online communities for many people with disabilities.
Loyalty, kindness, understanding, forgiveness, humor—none of these suffer at all from bodily limitations.
In the big picture of love and romance, internals far outrank externals in importance. But don’t be naïve about the limitations dating with disabilities does impose. Account for the realities of the disability when planning dates together.
Post script: Stephen and Marietta have been married for 15 years.
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Marietta seemed to know that it was a pivotal moment. Most men can’t see past the chair.” Stephen froze, and for a moment it looked as if he might be like “most men” and turn away.
“A thousand things went through my mind,” he recalls.
Stephen remembers vividly the first time he saw Marietta.
He was late for a dinner party one stormy evening in February.
Be honest with yourself and each other about the limitations a disability might bring to a relationship. By openly discussing the physical challenges as a couple, you’ll be working to overcome a far more common (and destructive) kind of dating disability: lack of communication.