Love Without Barriers

Finding love, starting families and living happily ever after

It’s that time of the year again; the one where the lovers and the lovelorn either celebrate their passion and respect for one another, or resolve that by February of next year, they’ll be with someone really special. But for too many people with disabilities, February 14 can be a time to focus on what one does not have. Many individuals with special needs – especially those that are young – wonder if wading into the dating pool is an option. For most teens, dating is a turning of the page; a large and transformative part of the transition from childhood to adulthood. For those with disabilities, traveling the path to love may seem like one bridge that is simply too far down the road.

Frankly, it’s easy to see why young people with special needs may be under that false impression. There are too few representations of disabled people living full, productive, happy lives in the media. In the real world, physical access is often still an obstacle that can make going out on a date seem difficult. And there’s always a nagging question of, “Is my disability simply too much for someone outside of my family to embrace?”
The good news is those with cerebral palsy seeking relationships not only date, they find love, start families, and live happily ever after.

MyChild at CerebralPalsy.org has compiled a list of tips to help with the dating process:

Tips for two

  1. Be leery of anyone asking about financial information
  2. Investigate physical access before a date, not after
  3. Make eye contact; don’t be shy
  4. Remember that being with someone is a choice
  5. Expecting to find love is practical in every way
  6. Be confident in what you can offer another
  7. Strive for improvement and shed negativity
  8. Envision your future, then strive for it
  9. Seek solutions to relationship obstacles
  10. Grow together and spend time apart

To learn more about Cupid’s bow, star-crossed lovers and tips for two, visit Love Without Barriers

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