“Dating With a Disability” – The New York Times

“Women with disabilities often begin to date much later in life, and they
struggle in a dating culture that places a premium on physical appearance.”datingTabitha Estrellado maneuvers her wheelchair to greet friends at Blackthorn 51, a rock club in Queens, N.Y. Credit Wendy Lu

by Wendy Lu

“Sometimes when Tabitha Estrellado meets a man, he will extend a hand and expect her to shake it. But she can’t — and it’s awkward to explain why when you’re trying to flirt.

“Ms. Estrellado, 32, has muscular dystrophy, a chronic disease in which muscles weaken and waste over time until they no longer work at all. Even as your brain commands a finger to curl or a toe to wiggle just a few centimeters, nothing moves. It’s a challenge in the world of dating, where even the subtlest gestures can carry a lot of intention.

“For Ms. Estrellado, a singer-songwriter, the worst part about having muscular dystrophy is knowing that many people don’t see her as a prospective romantic partner to date, to marry and to have children with someday.’

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