Dating people in wheelchairs

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Three times my spouse has had leave work and drive 30 minutes or more to "rescue" me. There's nothing so fun as being stranded alone in the middle of a grocery store.Time and making sure he is comfortable is necessary to make sure the date goes smoothly.Getting ready for a date with a man in a wheelchair will involve extra steps.This may involve doing the driving, assisting him in getting in and out of the car, moving extra chairs, helping with his coat and holding the door open for him.A woman might be worried about offending her date by offering too much assistance when he does not need it. She needs to be mindful of what an appropriate touch is and when to use it.Dating a man in a wheelchair might not present any additional -- or any fewer -- challenges than dating a man not in a wheelchair.

Latoya Newman is a novelist who wrote and published her first novel in 2012.This may rule out some activities she'd usually enjoy on a date, like dancing and sporting activities.He will also be limited to places that are wheelchair accessible and have elevator lifts.Going out with a man in a wheelchair may invite unwelcome attention and reactions.People tend to be uncomfortable with whatever is different, writes Tiffiny Carlson in the Huffington Post article, "10 Things to Never Say to a Person in a Wheelchair." Uncertainty as to how to act around a person in a wheelchair may cause some people to refuse to make eye contact, attempt to avoid the man or the couple or to speak over the man's head as if he is not there, says Rick Chillot in his article, "Do I Make You Uncomfortable? The woman should prepare for the stares and remarks that people who are not sensitized to being with people who have disabilities might make.

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