Dating someone who is paralyzed
No way was I going to allow myself to be shut away from life.
I wanted an education, a career, adventure, love, and sex.
Chris Blank is an independent writer and research consultant with more than 20 years' experience.
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The injury was devastating, but the societal condemnation that came on top of it was worse. In the United States, we were still sterilizing people with disabilities against their will.
The kindly advice from my doctor was to check myself into a nursing home for the rest of my life to avoid being a burden on my family.
Disabled men traditionally have a higher unemployment rate than able-bodied men, and those men who are employed often work in less prestigious positions with lower pay, according the Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation.In the 1978 movie "Coming Home," Sally Hyde, an able-bodied married woman, falls in love with Luke Martin, a wounded Vietnam veteran who uses a wheelchair.Their developing romance illustrates some of the challenges that occur with dating a man in a wheelchair.It features a beautiful Latina woman who was injured when she was just 11 years old.At the time of her injury, she of course wasn’t worried about boys or what her prospects in dating might lead to. But now, she’s a strong young woman who’s been dating with a disability, and she’s discovered some important things about dating from a wheelchair. But boys DID ask her out, proving that it was still to possible find people who’ll still see you for you.