Dating matches for the disabled

For example, if you have a hearing impairment, you may wish to avoid places with lots of ambient noise.

Or, if you have an anxiety condition which makes you feel uncomfortable in enclosed spaces, propose a date idea where you are in a more open space.

My Tinder photos generally concealed my chair, since I knew it might leave me vulnerable to ignorant comments.

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I eventually tried making it obvious in my profile picture.

I decided to join Tinder for the same reason lots of women do: I didn’t want the commitment of a serious relationship, and I was curious about what kind of men were out there. Nothing could have prepared me for the barrage of offensive, ignorant, hurtful men I encountered.

Maybe I went into my Tinder experience a little too optimistic and confident.

Then in 2004, I found out I had a very rare birth defect in my spinal cord and that it would need to be removed.

The week before the surgery, I discovered that I was pregnant with my daughter.