The opposite side of the argument is: Don’t put it there, and let them get to know you. It’s just like people being dishonest with their age, weight or marital status. DS: I talk with my clients about how rejection is a huge part of everyone’s dating experience.
Everyone has been rejected, and it feels awful, and it happens more than we want it to happen. And that’s super great because how many people know someone who’s nonverbal and needs a computer to speak? The general public, on a very personal level, can open their mind and give somebody with disability a chance to be their partner. Most people are unhappy in their romantic relationships and unhappy with their sex lives. Since I started in 2012, we’ve seen more and more media exposure. I get more and more fan mail saying, “That sexual part of me was dormant for a long time, and I saw the PBS Special, and it really stirred things up for me.” That’s an important part for me. Sheypuk runs a successful private practice in Manhattan and is currently accepting new clients and accepts some insurances (Skype appointments available if out of state).
I congratulate them after they’ve been rejected or turned down the first few couple times; I congratulate them on officially entering the dating world. Instead of closing it off right away, entertain the idea if you feel attracted to someone in a wheelchair or an amputee. Maybe it’s because you’re excluding a whole group of potential romantic partners: people with disabilities.
That’s often an accomplishment in it of itself for people. DS: Sometimes we go on dates, and we don’t get that call back that we think we’re going to get, so the easiest thing for us people with disabilities is [to blame it on] our disability, like, “Oh, it must be the wheelchair.
When it comes to dating for people with physical disabilities, Danielle Sheypuk is the expert. Sheypuk specializes in “dating, relationships and sexuality among the disabled,” but some people simply refer to her as a disability “sexpert.” Most people would know Dr. Wheelchair New York pageant in 2012, being the first model to “walk” down a runway in New York Fashion Week, her popular Ted X talk at Barnard College, her successful private practice in Manhattan, or her recent interview on PBS, where she dives into the stigmas surrounding disabled dating.
We recently asked her about the stereotypes people with disabilities face on a regular basis, and what she thinks we should do to change it.
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