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Love, Dating, Relationships and Disability

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We’re exploring love in many forms with first-hand accounts from the frontlines of dating, marriage, intimacy and friendship, all with people living—and loving—with disabilities or challenges like long-distance romance.

Does it seem more difficult to find love if you have a disability? Many of our interviewees said that, at first, yes. (Of course, when is it ever easy, right?) But they all agreed that once people talk and get past questions or concerns, love is love—sometimes it’s messy but mostly it’s marvelous. And these stories show it. We're rolling out new stories, blogs, and expert advice throughout February!

Read these incredible stories about real love in real life, then join us for a Twitter chat on respect and inclusion on Thursday, February 16, at 6:00 p.m. CT. Learn more about the chat now!

Jump ahead to stories about:

Dating and disability
Our favorite proposals
Love and marriage
Military couples, military separations
Friendship
Siblings
Sex, intimacy, and more on our blog 

Dating and Disability

Dating and disability 

Vilissa Thompson sitting outsideTake Me As I Am: Dating and Disability Etiquette
Social worker and disability rights consultant Vilissa Thompson shares her experience dating as a women with a disability and offers tips for potential suiters unfamiliar with disability.

Check out Vilissa's etiquette tips

Anita and AbrahamSpouses With Autism Share Both Sides of Their Love Story
Anita and Abraham, a married couple who both have ASD, give a "He Said, She Said" take on their story.

Read more about how they really fell in love.

Two hands forming a heart in front of a sunsetHow to Make the First Date Great When Dating with a Disability
Amy Taklif, a medical social worker, offers first date etiquette and advice on how to stay true to yourself while looking for love.

Read Amy's words of wisdom.

Erin Hawley outside on sunny day reading - small promoThe Dos and Don'ts of Digitally Finding Love
Easterseals Thrive's Erin Hawley has tried online dating with websites for people with disabilities, general online dating websites as well as social media. She's sharing all she's learned with you. Online Dating 101 with a Disability

Read on to learn how Erin took charge of her love life.

Dr. Danielle Sheypuk in her wheelchairA Psychologist Who Uses Her Own Dating-with-a-Disability Advice
Dr. Sheypuk is a clinical psychologist who specializes in dating, relationships and sexuality among people with disabilities.

Get Dr. Sheypuk's tried and true dating advice.



Maurice Snell Love Page Dating and Relationships with Autism
Maurice Snell, who has ASD, shares his journey in love and relationships, including his best dating advice. 

Read Maurice's dating advice.

Updated Chad CunninghamGetting Past Fears of Dating with a Disability

Chad Cunningham shied away from the dating scene until his 20s. Find out what clicked to get him dating and, ultimately, finding love. Plus find out his big news!

Bridget and George on their wedding dayBridget's Practical Advice for Finding "The One"

When Bridget Houlihan became interested in George, she asked him out. Read Bridget and George’s love story

Bridget’s Top 5 Dating Tips for People with Disabilities

Bridget’s Top 5 Tips for Dating Someone with a Disability

Promotional image for the Romantic Relationships with Autism Q&A#AskEasterSeals Q&A on Romantic Relationships with Autism
We had a great Twitter chat about finding love with autism. Be sure to check out our recap to get tips on love, dating and more from two couples with autism.

Read on to get our panelists' advice.

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Marriage proposals

Our favorite proposals 

Beth and Mike wedding photoHere are a few romantic, unique, and even funny stories of marriage proposals, plus life after the wedding.

Unique marriage proposals


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Love and Marriage

Love and marriage 

Palmer Harston Williams outdoor weddingA Wedding, A Wheelchair and No Worries
Palmer Harston Williams shares her love story and her creative ideas for planning a wheelchair accessible wedding.

Get Palmer's wedding planning advice now.

Demers LandingMarriage after 50 Years
Two couples share the ups and downs of marriage after 50 years.

Read the O'Sullivans' and Demers' stories.

Wampler Wedding Day Photo Promo imageSeeing Beyond the Disability
Elizabeth Wampler stumbled into love with Steve, an adventurous sportsman with cerebral palsy (CP). He often navigates the world with a wheelchair or a mountain-climbing harness while Elizabeth takes on life with the kind of humor and honesty that may make you blush and befriend her all at once. Read Elizabeth and Steve’s love story.

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Military couples, military separations

Military couples, military separations 

Military Intimacy Webinar Love PageA Webinar for Military Couples on Intimacy
Have you heard? We have a new webinar on intimacy and relationships for military couples. Our free webinar addresses questions on how to identify and meet the emotional needs of your partner and more. Watch the webinar now.

Sara Heidenheimer and Her Husband Promo imageLong-Distance Romance
Sara Heidenheimer shares how she and her husband kept the love and respect for each other strong through his four tours of duty while in the U.S. Navy and her two pregnancies. Get Sara’s 6 Secrets for Bridging Military Separations.

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Friendship

Friendship 

Friends Shayne and KristenBonding Over Disability and Then Some

Shayne and Kristen have been friends since they were 3 years old, connecting over school, movies and even their shared disability. Read their story of friendship and support.

Trockman and Nurse LandingA Nurse and Friend
Ben Trockman finds independence while being cared for by his nurse and friend. Read about Ben's relationship with his nurse.

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Siblings

Siblings 

sisters caregivingA Sister's Love
Mary Sykes gives a first-hand account on caring for her sister who has Down syndrome. Read their story of love and sisterhood.

Zach Waisanen and His Sister promo imageBrothers and Sisters
First-hand quotes from brothers with sisters who are living with disabilities such as Down syndrome. Read these touching quotes on siblings who have disabilities.


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Sex, intimacy, and more on the blog
 

Sex, intimacy, and more on the blog 

Stay tuned for new blogs on relationships all month. Here are some new blogs, along with some favorite blog posts on intimacy and disability from this past year.

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