I can be awkward as far as personality, too, so it’s hard to know what was connected to hearing loss.” This is why Finneman believes it’s important to consider the whole person, not just their disability, when approaching dating.For people with physical disabilities, however, Finneman thinks initial dating interactions can often be difficult because of a lack of self-confidence.“Disability and confidence – or lack thereof – can go hand in hand with dating insecurities,” he says.

Dating Challenges Dating challenges vary by age and disability.

When Finneman, who has been married for three years, reflects on his dating days, he finds it difficult to separate any awkwardness created by his disability from the general pitfalls any teen or young adult would face.

Still, in his case, hearing loss makes certain social interactions more challenging.

Engaging in conversation in loud restaurants and clubs, for example, can be difficult.

Wang estimates that at least 90 percent of the people he goes on dates with have not met a peer who uses a wheelchair.

When he was in his 20s, Wang explored online dating using two different approaches.For people with developmental disabilities, dating challenges can be slightly different.In her book “The Science of Making Friends: Helping Socially Challenged Teens and Young Adults,” psychologist Elizabeth Laugeson, Psy.PHOTO COURTESY JOHNNY WANG He started “being open with the fact that I’m in my wheelchair, both in my photos and the profile bio itself,” he says.“I’ll usually include positive language like, ‘Don’t let the wheelchair stop you from saying hi.’’” When Wang shared the information about his disability on his profile, he found that he got roughly the same number of dates – not what he expected.“I started dating around the same time as most people,” he says.