130 - More Than A Friend - Worthy of Romance

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In a society where stereotypes often overshadow their potential for romantic connections, people with disabilities face the challenge of being seen as worthy partners. However, your journey isn't limited by these preconceptions but rather defined by unique insights and experiences that can reshape perceptions and foster meaningful relationships beyond mere friendship.

Part of the mission I’m on is to help people with disabilities redefine how they are seen. This involves claiming worthiness of love and romance while projecting this belief to a world that often overlooks us as potential partners.

Recently in the Dating Made Easier membership, a member asked, “How can we get people to see us as more than friends?” Good question. It sparked a discussion in the membership about not being seen as romantic partners. Despite how much we have advanced in our social views to be more inclusive of diversity, people with disabilities continue to struggle with being seen as romantic partners.

We have all heard “You’re a good friend,” too many times. While we can’t exactly change what others think of us because that’s ultimately up to them, we can change how we think about ourselves and consequently show up in the face of resistance in acknowledging our sexuality. Today I’m going to offer you some tools you can use when faced with the challenge of others not seeing you as a potential partner.

Personal Narratives

Be transparent and even raw. Sharing personal narratives becomes a powerful tool for individuals with disabilities to shed light on their desires, dreams, and experiences in romantic relationships. Through candid discussions about their journey and the obstacles they've faced, they humanize their experiences and offer profound insights into navigating romance with a disability. This is how you begin to open minds to see ALL of you.

Education and Awareness

Promoting education and awareness about disabilities becomes crucial in dispelling myths and misconceptions surrounding romantic relationships involving individuals with disabilities. Take those “micro opportunities” to address common stereotypes and emphasize the importance of inclusivity and acceptance in matters of love and romance. We often do this by simply expressing our desires to others, rather than keeping it inside.


Active involvement in advocacy initiatives and representation, particularly on social media platforms helps amplify the voices of individuals with disabilities in the realm of romantic relationships. By advocating for inclusive policies and challenging societal norms, they strive to pave the way for greater acceptance and representation in dating contexts, projecting the message that they are indeed worthy of love and romance.

Redefining Beauty and Attraction

Individuals with disabilities possess the power to challenge conventional notions of beauty and attraction by embracing diverse forms of attractiveness. Through celebrating their uniqueness and individuality, they inspire others to see beyond physical appearance and appreciate connections based on mutual compatibility and respect. This is why one of the core principles I teach is the Power to Attract, a concept that teaches you to identify what is uniquely attractive within you and then projecting that to others.

Communication and Assertiveness

Effective communication and assertiveness become vital for individuals with disabilities to convey their romantic intentions and preferences clearly. By expressing their desires and boundaries confidently, they empower themselves and others to engage in open and respectful dialogue about dating and relationships, thus projecting their belief in their worthiness of love.

Role Modeling Healthy Relationships

Knowing you’re worth healthy and fulfilling relationships becomes a powerful testament to the potential for romantic connections involving individuals with disabilities. Know what you want in relationships and be choosy. By demonstrating traits like mutual respect, communication, and support, they challenge stereotypes and inspire others to view them as desirable and capable partners, thus projecting their belief in their worthiness of love and romance.

Fostering Empathy and Understanding

Encouraging empathy and understanding among peers and acquaintances creates a more inclusive and supportive environment for individuals with disabilities seeking romantic relationships. By sharing their perspectives and experiences, they foster empathy and promote allyship, projecting the message that they are just as worthy of love and romance as anyone else.

Embracing Vulnerability and Authenticity

Embracing vulnerability and authenticity becomes essential for forging genuine connections in romantic relationships. By embracing your vulnerabilities and sharing you authentic selves, we inspire deeper connections based on trust and mutual understanding, thus projecting their belief in their worthiness of love.

Advocating for Accessibility

Advocating for accessibility in dating environments ensures equal opportunities for individuals with disabilities. By raising awareness of accessibility barriers and advocating for inclusive design and accommodations, they promote inclusivity and equal participation in romantic pursuits, projecting their belief in their worthiness of love and romance.

Celebrating Love and Diversity

Celebrating love and diversity in all its forms becomes fundamental to reshaping perceptions of romantic relationships involving individuals with disabilities. By highlighting diverse love stories and relationships, they challenge stereotypes and foster a more inclusive and accepting society, thus projecting their belief in their worthiness of love and romance.

You possess unique perspectives, experiences, and strengths that can challenge societal norms and reshape perceptions of romantic relationships. Through advocacy, education, communication, and authenticity, you empower yourself and others to embrace inclusivity, empathy, and respect in the realm of dating and romance. By fostering understanding, challenging stereotypes, and celebrating diversity, you pave the way for more meaningful and fulfilling connections beyond friendship, projecting the unwavering belief that they are indeed worthy of love and romance.

Check out our Dating Memberships:

Dating Made Easier (for all people wanting to date) - is a monthly membership for anyone (with or without disabilities) who wants support and guidance in dating skills and getting the RESULTS you want in dating and relationships.

Supporting Dating and Relationships membership (for special educators and professionals in disability services) - is for professionals in the disability field who are looking for training and resources to effectively help students/people with disabilities in developing dating and relationship skills. 

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