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Here are a few he suggests: If you are already in a relationship and then you lose vision, getting encouragement and support from your spouse and/or partner is essential to the adjustment process.
Both of you are trying to figure out how your visual impairment will impact your life together.
Learning assistive technology and advocacy skills to return back to work or school can be stressful. In any good relationship, you learn how to be flexible. I think it's more important we learn more about blind dating more than Harley.
Learning how to prepare meals and complete household chores can be overwhelming. I keep it low key in my life so nothing super special planned. Harley: Uh, I will fail and I will fail to live up to her expectations, no doubt. Cara: Ok, as long as you know where you stand before you even start the Valentine's Day, I think you're gonna be A-Ok. Cara: (laughs) Harley: I don't know if that's a good way of putting it. Oh, wait, let's talk about actions.' I'd better buy her something else. Cara: You should probably try to do something or actually do something nice for her. Cara: You should do something for your daughters too. Cara: Because it's setting a good example of what they should expect on Valentine's Day. And as a person with a disability, I think that's one thing you start with your life is how to be flexible, how to understand that there's a way to do everything. I mean you have a person that's going to pick you up on a date and then you're like 'oh, I can't do this.
I dunno, I don't think you start off loving somebody but let's see what she has to say. Cara: Hi Empish, this is Cara and I have Harley Thomas here with me on Blind Living Radio. Cara: Ok, I get to say it since I'm the one that has a visual impairment. So I do that on a volunteer aside from my regular job. And our guest today is Empish Thomas who is a lifestyle blogger. Blind Living Radio will be right back after these messages. So when you think about where do I go to meet people? But that's a great suggestion that I thought of on my own self. You know, you're probably talking to someone you know, your friends, your famiy members, colleagues. You are meeting someone with a familiar connection. Cara: Yeah, and I think that's absolutely phenomenal and it does give a whole new meaning to the word blind date.
Cara wants to know if blind people dating brings a whole new definition, and I'm not going to say it but I'm gonna let her say it. So you have to kind of figure out another way to kind of work around some of that stuff. Plus, there's a lot of social ideas, societal ideals about dating someone with a disability, positive and negative or otherwise. It's been a really rewarding experience because it adds to resources and information and that personal objective of finding information for someone who is visually impaired but hearing these stories that are written by people who are also visually impaired and about their day to day life. We are joined in studio with Harley Thomas as always and me, pretending to be the real host, Cara Catton. Well, implement some of those things, just kind of tweak it a little bit. Those are places that sighted people meet people too. And actually, a guy I dated, I met at a book club function. You don't have to bang your head up against the wall and reinvent everything. Also ask friends and family for connections, for hook ups. They already know you as a person and they can connect you so that way you are not meeting a complete total stranger. I think for a lot of people that can be really successful but I think also in the 21st century, you see the rise in online dating. Don't be so quick to give out too much personal information right away.
Empish shares her experience with dating after losing her sight in her twenties and even shares some tips on dating in the modern age.
Cara: I am going to ask her all kinds of questions about her love life too and blind dating.
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All of these tasks can be difficult if you have just lost your vision. And if she stayed married to you for this long, I wouldn't imagine that it would come as a surprise the Valentine's Day disappointments. I mean, as a girl, or just as a person actually, in general, someone doing something for or with me experience is actually something far better than something actual than a gift. Harley: Maybe I should do something for my girls too. I have to do something else instead.' You know, you really just learn to make it work.
And while taking on all of this, romance may or may not be top on your list. Harley: And making it work, that's just like marriage, you know.
From Milwaukee, Wisconsin, this is Blind Living Radio.