In the past, the two terms- disability and dating, were rarely found together. In fact, the two words seemed utterly contradictory. Meeting someone special was a task in itself. Those who did find someone, found it all but impossible to spend time as a couple outside of the home. Throughout history, transportation and venues with accommodations for those having disabilities were hard to locate and were most times very costly. Viable options, even for those with plenty of financial benefit, were once very limited. Both transportation and accessibility of venues have proven to be great hurdles in the lives of most. These issues have made dating ventures for those with disabilities extremely hard to plan at best, and even harder to actually accomplish. Because of these circumstances, many have resolved to living less active lives with little or no dating.

The limitations of the past were met with fury and disapproval over a decade ago. Determined to optimize the ability of all to live an active and enjoyable life, change was initiated. Through the efforts of many organizations and groups, the Americans with Disabilities Act was instituted in 1990. Accessibility of transportation and large public venues were key issues addressed within this set of laws. The impact of this act has been enormous and has proven beneficial to improving the lives of those living with disabilities. It has also served to make the various issues of those with disabilities known to the public at large.

Over the last several years, the roads and doors of freedom have begun to open for those with disabilities. Mandated accommodations have been made to ensure equal accessibility to public transportation. These improvements have been made so that everyone can effectively get from place to place. Public venues such as parks, stadiums, coliseums, etc have also been required to take steps to grant easy access to all. Many restaurants and small businesses have opened their eyes to the millions of Americans with disabilities, and more see the great value in doing so each day. Public and private institutions have made great strides to ensure that all who wish to can take full advantage of their services. These actions have broken down many barriers which once made dating nearly impossible for those living whit disabilities. Dating is no longer a luxury available to only those without disabilities- it is a very achievable reality for all.

It has never been easier to get out and do something! A fair amount of planning is unavoidable, but little more than what anyone would reasonably be expected to prepare for any date. Public transportation, where available, makes it easy to get from point A to point B and cater to those who have disabilities. Dining, movies, events, concerts, shopping, and much more are among the possibilities. With a wide and constantly expanding range of options, the choices are virtually endless. Anyone can easily find something they will enjoy doing. Today, the eager world awaits you and your sweetheart with open arms- come on out and enjoy it.


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