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If you are new to the world of wheelchairs your life has probably been filled with new experiences and new information.
Over the years we have learned many things about being in a relationship with someone in a wheelchair.
It may take a little getting used to but soon enough the wheelchair disappears and what you are left with is all the “normal” aspects of living and loving with a significant other.
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She has a background in education, research and counseling.
She taught at the elementary level for eight years, and has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from York University in Toronto, Canada.
Here’s our top 10 list of things we have learned from being a wheelchair spouse.Touching the man’s wheelchair or patting his head before he has become comfortable may be construed as condescending, says the United Spinal Association in its report, “Disability Etiquette.” Broaching the issue of his disability too soon or referring to it too frequently may be a turn off and might result in making him feel uncomfortable.For some wheelchair users, the reason for the disability and the daily experiences of using a wheelchair can be quite emotional to handle.This may involve doing the driving, assisting him in getting in and out of the car, moving extra chairs, helping with his coat and holding the door open for him.A woman might be worried about offending her date by offering too much assistance when he does not need it. She needs to be mindful of what an appropriate touch is and when to use it.
When it comes to dating, it can be difficult to find someone who understands your needs.