International dating disability
"Let us work together for the full and equal participation of persons with disabilities in an inclusive and sustainable world that embraces humanity in all its diversity." Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon ”.
This theme notes the recent adoption of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the role of these goals in building a more inclusive and equitable world for persons with disabilities.
This year’s objectives include assessing the current status of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and SDGs and laying the foundation for a future of greater inclusion for persons with disabilities.
The observance of the 2016 IDPD coincides with the 10-year anniversary of the adoption of the CRPD – one of the most quickly and widely ratified international treaties put forth by the United Nations to date.
They seemed shocked that a man without disabilities—or perhaps any man at all—might choose to be with me.
If I am being honest, my fantasy first date scenario looks a little something like this: I am in a bar by myself having a malt milkshake (apparently my fantasy takes place in 1955), and a handsome, smart guy asks me to dance. You could, as I have been known to do, make no qualms about the fact that you are a crip and state it openly in your profile.
My ex-fiance, Trent, who had been my fiance until two weeks ago, caught me as I toppled onto the living room carpet, now devoid of his gray, wool couches I’d disliked so much. Over the past hour, he and I had held each other and sobbed on the empty floor. And as I tried to stand up with the poise and strength of Bette Davis or Beyoncé, my balance gave way.
Five days after Trent asked me to marry him, a routine check-up unearthed a brain tumor behind his left ear.
It was only after Patrick started traveling with me on speaking tours that I realized how some people viewed our marriage as something special specifically because of my disability.
In places like the Philippines and Africa, people would look on with mouths agape after I introduced my husband.
My legs were more numb than usual, and the man I’d broken up with after he “postponed” our wedding had just graciously prevented me from a dangerous face-plant.
Few things are more humiliating than feeling indebted to someone who has broken your heart.
And when you’re disabled, you feel indebted every day, making dating that much harder than it is for the average person.