Cerebral palsy dating
I’ve written this for young adults with disabilities, but I would like to take a second to appeal to parents of disabled children here, too.
It can be frustrating to see your teenager struggle in the dating world if it happens, but it’s important to allow personal growth at this crucial time of development.
if it weren’t for your disability.” I would often reply to them: “Well my disability is always going to be a part of me, so it was nice getting to know you, but I don’t think we could continue to get to know each other.” I firmly believe that if more people would take the time to research the needs of those with disabilities and understand what the disability is — whether it be muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, autism, ADHD, or mental health conditions — they would be more open to dating someone with a disability.
Besides doing research, it’s up to the person to see the other person’s beauty inside the heart, because looks don’t matter at the end of the day.
Disclosure leads to stronger bonds being formed, and I will say to anyone: if you do not feel comfortable disclosing your disability to your partner, they may not be the Prince (or Princess) Charming you seek.
There is nothing wrong with you if a disclosure process goes awry!
I promise disability does not become the be-all or end-all of a relationship if your connection is genuine.
This story originally appeared on the Cerebral Palsy Foundation.
Be confident in all of the kinks and quirks your body has, because if you do not accept them, it’s a safe bet your partner won’t either.
I have been lucky and I am incredibly grateful; every guy I have dated has been so gracious when I told him about cerebral palsy, and what it means for how my body functions.
Please allow your child to discover themselves, even if that leads to dating disappointments.
If anything, I really think it helps establish high standards. Anyone who is worthy of your companionship will accept you. You may have to “strike out” a few times in the dating scene before you succeed. Remain optimistic no matter the obstacles, and the results you want will manifest quicker than if you wallow in sadness.
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