I want sex.
Knew that would grab you.
I have heard that statement in one way or another from nearly ALL of my clients in my nearly 20 years of counseling.
Sure, who doesn’t want it? Well, maybe someone who’s eight months pregnant may not care for it. But then there’s the rest of us.
Do I really have to say that people with disabilities are no exception to this?? Yes, they clearly want sex and a lot of it please. Remember, I work with many men. However, what people want more than that is to DATE!
Many of the people I work with are lonely. They want friendship and companionship. They want to get to know people. They” want people to get to know them. They want to date.
Sometimes people with disabilities (and I’m sure a good share of those without disabilities!) need some guidance in practice and process of dating. I have a gentleman I am currently working with who has been asking me for conversation topics once he makes an initial connection with the women he “meets” through online dating sites. Since his brain injury, it’s been harder for him to initiate social conversations. It’s also been challenging for him to think about all the steps involved in getting to know someone as a potential girlfriend. So I created this Questions for dating for him. I hope you or the people you work with also find it a helpful resource!
His request for guidance, along with my desire to make this blog and my website more resourceful, inspired me to create a new category for DATING RESOURCES. In the months to come, I will be adding more downloadable PDFs to this category ranging from dating safety tips to sexuality issues to knowing the right person for you.
I would love to hear your comments, questions, or situations you’re dealing with in supporting people in their quest to date and develop relationships in the comment area below.