Online dating and complications
Using online dating sites can be a great way to meet someone.
But if you have a disability, there’s a dilemma that comes with it – should you tell them about your disability upfront?
Being a wheelchair user myself, I have had many conversations with people who simply don’t get disabilities.
So what’s the best way to do this in our modern world? So, you duly upload your images and life story, hoping that a special someone – and not someone wanting to just send pictures of their naked body parts – will get in contact.The premise of the show is that two disabled people are set up on a blind date.But all this does is play into the stereotype that disabled people can only date other disabled people.You can manipulate photos, tell fantastic stories to impress people and just outright lie.
But with Facebook and other social media sites, that doesn’t stop someone from searching online to make sure you’re not a raving lunatic who runs down the street naked in their mother’s pink, flowerily dressing gown.
Disability Horizons reader Simon Sansome, who met his wife online, debates the question.