Learning how to interact, make friends and date can be very different when you have a visual impairment. For example, commuting to the location for the date might be different now.
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.
Harley: (laughs) Empish: I think I do know what you mean. Back in the day, we could exchange numbers on paper. I mean as a person with a disability, I think I've encountered those in romantic settings that think that maybe it's not quite as much of an equal partnership because I'm coming at it with a disability versus you know being with somebody but you know what, everybody has something going on. I work with our blog and I also do presentations and public speaking. I'll be doing one tomorrow for Foundation for Fighting Blindness. That's where you guys saw the blog post where I'm a peer adviser. I'm trying to remember what did I do back then when I was in college and so dating in college is totally different than dating as an adult. If you don't feel comfortable in your skin as a person with a vision impairment, if you are still maybe grappling with your sight loss or maybe haven't quite dealt with that, that's gonna come out in your romantic life. Cara: So, Empish, you and I were chatting a little bit and I think our audience would really be interested about what are some of the best tips and ways that you found to be successful in the dating world after you lost your sight. Empish: You know, I was reading some articles about they do it on your phone now, your smartphone. Because I say if you are gonna do online dating, go slow because people can put up false profiles. So, yeah, I would definitely agree with taking it slow and seeing where things go especially as people who may not be able to see some things right away.