Although attitudes are changing, it is evident that some caregivers still hold these negative perceptions, which include the belief that people with learning disabilities are asexual or “childlike”.
- A disability personals website that caters to members with all types of disabilities.
Chido Ndadzungira does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.
When using disabled personals dating sites be confident and have faith that you will meet an ideal partner and give them the comfort and love they need as well.
By far the most important thing about posting your profile on disabled personals sites is adding a good photo.
It is important that you clearly communicate what your limitations are and learn about your partner's disability if they have one.
If your thoughts are constantly consumed with what you think he or she is thinking about you, your self-consciousness will make the date meaningless and maybe even unsuccessful.
My research explores the views and experiences of women with learning disabilities on sexual relationships and as part of my Ph D I gave them a platform to talk openly about this taboo subject. look how long I will be in my 50s and then 60s and I am thinking I don’t want to be in the same situation … I want somebody to settle down and spend the rest of my life with.
I interviewed 16 women with mild to moderate learning disabilities who were members of Stars in the Sky, a pioneering dating agency that you might recognise from the Channel 4’s Undateables. The social networks that many people take for granted are often restricted for people with learning disabilities and they find it hard to engage or access social activities where they can meet people and possibly form relationships.
This would equip people with the knowledge they need to enjoy relationships in a safe way.
Not being open or only dealing with issues in a reactive way is more likely to leave people vulnerable to abuse.
People with learning disabilities, like everyone else, have a need for affectionate and intimate relationships.