Physically challenged man and girlfriend talk about their relationship to break stigma lailasnews 1
The couple who said they want to educate people and normalise their relationship – admitting that strangers often assume Hannah is Shane’s paid caregiver or a relative, exchanged text messages and video calls which led to their relationship, shortly after Hannah who studies in a college in Minnesota eventually visited Shane in Pennsylvania.
Hannah and Shane got to know they wanted to make things work after spending 4 days together. Eventually Shane and Hannah moved in to a flat in Minnesota together in 2018, and Hannah was able to continue with her degree.
And when they began sharing a home they started vlogging to tell the world about their union. The couple has even discussed having children together after Hannah graduates, according to reports.
“Our goal is to normalise disability and relationships like ours,” Shane, from Pennsylvania said.
“When Hannah and I are out in public together, strangers routinely assume that we are siblings, or that she is my paid caregiver, or even worse, my mum.”
“There are a variety of damaging stigmas surrounding disability, but one of the most pervasive ideas is that people with a disability are incapable or unworthy of romantic relationships,” he added, speaking to the Daily Mail.
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