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Read more about how they really fell in love. How 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. The 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 with a Disability. Read on to learn how Erin took charge of her love life. Sheypuk is a clinical psychologist who specializes in dating, relationships and sexuality among people with disabilities. Sheypuk's tried and true dating advice. 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. Getting 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.

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Plus find out his big news! When Bridget Houlihan became interested in George, she asked him out. 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. Here are a few romantic, unique, and even funny stories of marriage proposals, plus life after the wedding.

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From First Date to Wedding Day Bridget and George share their story, from first date to wedding day, and learn more about the ways in which they support each other. A Wedding, A Wheelchair and No Worries Palmer Harston Williams shares her love story and her creative ideas for planning a wheelchair accessible wedding. When you look for someone to date, should you focus on people who have a disability like you or should you approach anybody who you might have common interests with?

I have some folks I work with who only want to date people with disabilities. How does real life dating and sex compare to what you see in the movies and on TV? Well, kissing and then having sex are two big stages. There is some planning that needs to go into getting to that next stage. Do you have a private space? Have you ever thought about it? Do you know what that means? I think sex is a really precious part of who we are. Be really clear about it. If they keep pressuring you, then I would say get some help.

If you find a partner, what are the keys to maintaining a relationship with them? Finding things you both like to do and enjoy helps. Sometimes people really need to be left alone and some people really need to talk things out.

Also, if you have people you feel really comfortable with, who would be good as a mediator, you can invite them to come help. What advice do you have for a parent or a caregiver of a person with a disability about dating? I know a lot of parents get very nervous around dating.

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Have your child talk to you. Or go to church. Amid a bevy of existing autism organizations, a new national nonprofit is hoping to stand out by giving voice to the particular needs of people on the severe end of the spectrum. People with disabilities frequently struggle to find dentists willing to take on their care, but in an unassuming brick hospital building lies a clinic specifically for this population. Individuals with Down syndrome continue to learn new skills well into adulthood, according to a study that's offering a timetable of what to expect from those with the chromosomal disorder.

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Advertisement - Continue Reading Below. They match people interested in forming relationships and support them on their first date. Stars in the Sky, one of the first to be set up, by two women with learning disabilities, is now unfortunately closing due to financial constraints. It also featured in The Undateables, and it is clearly evident from the series that support can enable people with learning disabilities to form relationships.

And success is not only measured by a successful date but by the confidence that individuals gain by going on a date, too. I was struggling to find anyone on my own. And I want, I guess what every girl, woman would like to have partner or companion to share things with. I hate being on my own and being miserable. Relationships have a positive impact on mental health and the well-being of people in general.

This also goes for people with learning disabilities, and for it to happen their sexuality must be acknowledged. They need support to allow them the opportunity to form and develop relationships, and they should be empowered with the tools they need to consent to sexual relationships. Hopefully, if we get these things right, people with learning disabilities will be able to enjoy forming relationships in a safe environment, and fulfil their need to love and be loved.

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In Conversation — Manchester, Manchester. Available editions United Kingdom. Chido Ndadzungira , The Open University. Love by Shutterstock My research explores the views and experiences of women with learning disabilities on sexual relationships and as part of my PhD I gave them a platform to talk openly about this taboo subject.

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