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Dating and Disabilities: Love and Relationships Story Series

  • Synopsis: Published: 2015-02-09 (Revised/Updated 2016-06-11) - Love, Dating, Relationships and Disabilities series from Easter Seals features new panel of experts. For further information pertaining to this article contact: Easter Seals at +1 (312) 551-7154 Ext: 7154.

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Quote: "Dr. Sheypuk is a clinical psychologist who specializes in dating, relationships and sexuality among people with disabilities."

Easter Seals' "Love, Dating, Relationships and Disabilities" returns just in time for Valentine's Day - featuring a new panel of experts enduring life's most sincere moments.

The second annual digital series explores love in its many forms, with first-hand accounts from the front-lines of dating, marriage, intimacy and friendship, all with people living - and loving - with disabilities or challenges like long-distance romance. This year's content, now live at features a variety of experts who have opened their heart to love:

Love and Marriage

Palmer Hartson Williams shares her experience in planning the accessible wedding of her dreams. Palmer, who is paralyzed from the waist down, was not going to let her disability affect her vision of an outdoor wedding. She's sharing her tips for a wheelchair accessible wedding in hopes that she can assist other brides and grooms in the planning stages of their fairytale weddings.

Military Couples and Long Distance Marriages

Sara Heidenheimer shares how she and her husband kept the love and respect for each other strong through his four tours of duty while in the U.S. Navy and her two pregnancies. Twelve years later, and their marriage is as strong as ever. Sara's sharing her top secrets for staying connected as a couple - even when miles and continents physically separate you.

Navigating the Dating Scene With Autism

According to Maurice Snell, everyone brings baggage into a new relationship, but he wants to make one thing clear: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) isn't baggage at all. Maurice Snell, who has ASD, shares his journey in love and relationships, including his best dating advice. Listen to Maurice's stories of the Chicago dating scene and find out what qualities he's looking for in his future "Mrs. Right."

Breaking Past Fears of Dating With Cerebral Palsy

Chad Cunningham shied away from the dating scene until his 20s. Now the handsome newlywed shares how he overcame his barriers to love - leading him to his wife. Read about what's next for the laid-back 34-year-old, including a big announcement.

Dr. Sheypuk Shares Her Top Dating Tips

Dr. Sheypuk is a clinical psychologist who specializes in dating, relationships and sexuality among people with disabilities. She's tested her own advice first-hand, living and dating with a disability in New York City. The single Manhattanite, shares her top five tips for overcoming insecurities and getting into the dating scene. Her first key to success is to get "on the market." She encourages people of all abilities to cultivate their self-image as a person who is dateable, desirable, has a lot to offer a partner, and is capable of finding romantic love.

In addition to these tips for romance, view stories from the many faces of love including:

  • Friendship. Longtime friends Shayne and Kristen share their ups and downs - and why their friendship is so special.
  • Our Favorite Proposals. Stories of a few romantic, unique, and even funny accounts of marriage proposals, plus life after the wedding.
  • Siblings. Siblings are the longest relationships of our lives. Mary Sykes gives a first-hand account on caring for her sister who has Down Syndrome.

This is just a sneak peek into the series; for more tips and heartwarming stories, visit

In the days leading up to Valentine's Day, Easter Seals will be releasing additional features on love and romance including:

  • Love and Aging: A new story about marriages that have lasted 50 or more years and how spouses are finding themselves to be caregivers for each other more than ever through Alzheimer's and other challenges
  • Full-time Caregivers as Honorary Family Members: Paralyzed from the neck down, Ben Trockman shares how he maintains his independence and establishes himself in his new career by setting boundaries, and maintaining a strong relationship, with his full-time nurse assistant.

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Related Information:

  1. People Living with Paralysis Share Experiences with Online Dating - Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation - (2014-12-02)
  2. New Seniors Dating Site for 50-Plus Singles - - (2011-05-10)
  3. How Disability and Illness Affects Risk of Divorce - University of Michigan - (2014-05-01)

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