Love it or hate it, in recent years the Undateables TV show has certainly raised awareness in the UK of the issues faced by disabled daters. However other than being a fly on the wall watching the TV show, very few Brits have any experience of a date with a disabled person. New research by the disability charity Scope has revealed that only 5% of people who aren’t disabled have ever asked out, or gone on a date with, a disabled person.
The difficulties faced by disabled daters have been discussed on 30 Dates before, in my interview with Paralympian Claire Cashmore and it’s great to see a charity focussing on the effect on that particular area of life which having a disability can have. 67% of the Brits interviewed by Scope admitted to feeling awkward around disabled people, leaving a number to avoid them altogether. The rather sad stats also suggest eight out of ten Brits have never invited a disabled person to a social occasion, and half the British public have never even had a conversation with a disabled person.
Last year the Charity launched its #EndTheAwkward with a series of adverts starring 30 Dates blog favourite Alex Brooker (who I met last week … eek!)
This year, with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, the charity’s focus for End the Awkward is on dating. In a frank film, disabled people dish the dirt on dating, relationships, sex, and the stigma that comes with it. TV presenter Sophie Morgan, Musician and Actor Mat Fraser and Film Maker Kate Monaghan are just a few of those revealing their most awkward moments on camera. Their aim? To Kiss Awkward Goodbye on Valentine’s Day.
The Charity have also designed a series of special Valentine’s cards, to help #EndTheAwkward.
Here are two of my favourites!
Miss Twenty-Nine xxx