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She has a background in education, research and counseling.She taught at the elementary level for eight years, and has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from York University in Toronto, Canada.Despite our list there are endless things we have learned and continue learning.One thing we can agree on and has been a major life lesson is that dating or marrying someone in a wheelchair is the same as having a relationship with an able bodied person.Touching the man’s wheelchair or patting his head before he has become comfortable may be construed as condescending, says the United Spinal Association in its report, “Disability Etiquette.” Broaching the issue of his disability too soon or referring to it too frequently may be a turn off and might result in making him feel uncomfortable.For some wheelchair users, the reason for the disability and the daily experiences of using a wheelchair can be quite emotional to handle.This may rule out some activities she'd usually enjoy on a date, like dancing and sporting activities.

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.Although she may prefer it, her date may not be able to walk her to her door at the end of the date or to stop by her place for a nightcap, if her house is not wheelchair accessible.Latoya Newman is a novelist who wrote and published her first novel in 2012.It may take a little getting used to but soon enough the wheelchair disappears and what you are left with is all the “normal” aspects of living and loving with a significant other.Create Your Free Profile at Wheelchair Singles & Get Instant Access to Great Dating Partners in Your Area!

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