Dating, Relationships, and Disability

Dating, Relationships, and Disability

Hosted by: Kathy O'Connell

We offer strategies, encouragement, and mindset tips on dating with a disability. We talk about how to navigate sexual ableism, focus on your power to attract, and develop happy and healthy relationships.

Episodes

133 - Cultivating Confidence and Authenticity for Real Relationships

Season #1

Making meaningful connections is a fundamental aspect of human existence, vital for emotional well-being and personal growth. The strategy of making meaningful connections goes beyond mere socializing; it involves...
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132 - Deconstructing Barriers One Hour at a Time

As mentioned in the last episode, here's the TV interview I did on dating with a disability. Dating can be a complex journey for anyone, but for people with disabilities, it often comes with additional challenges. One...
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131 - Dating Empowerment as a Shield Against Sexual Assault

April is observed as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, serving as a poignant reminder of the prevalence and impact of sexual violence in our society. It's a time to raise awareness, educate communities, and advocate for...
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130 - More Than A Friend - Worthy of Romance

Season #1

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...
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129 - Why I Don't Play Cupid - I Want More For You

Season #1

You know my parents were matched on a blind date and they had a love affair with one another that lasted for 65 years of marriage. Of course I’m profoundly grateful that my parents had friends that thought they would...
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128 - Why “I Don’t Know” Will Keep You Lonely

Dating can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience for individuals with disabilities, yet it often comes with unique challenges and apprehensions. These challenges can be so overwhelming at times that you can get...
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127 - Your Roadmap to Meeting New People

Dating can be intimidating for anyone, but if you're living with a disability, it might feel like an impossible hurdle to overcome. One of my core beliefs about dating is that dating, for anyone, can be a puzzle to be...
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126 - What Else Are You Gonna Do?

For the last few weeks we’ve been looking at The Big Three challenges in dating with a disability - Communicating with potential dates, figuring out how to meet people, and issues that are specific to disability, such...
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125 - Disability Specific Dating Issues

There are obviously many challenges to dating with a disability. After all, that’s why I have created a podcast devoted to these issues, as well as my work. Over the last few weeks we have been looking at the The Big...
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124 - 10 Ways to Meet People

The most common question I get on dating is How do I meet people? It’s one of the top three challenges people with disabilities (and I’m sure people without as well) report as being a barrier to dating. I did an...
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123 - Initiating Conversations

Initiating Conversations  >>>Get the brand new Initiating Conversations guide here<<< Initiating conversations with people we are attracted to or interested in requires a combination of confidence,...
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122 - The Big Three

When I was younger, I wasn’t very interested in research, mainly doing research. It’s the main reason why I never pursued getting a PhD even though I was encouraged by my professors to do so. However as I have gotten...
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