Sex and Dating – A Funny and Honest Look at Relationships and SCI

A woman with a disability gets real about dating and sex and she’s funny and honest

Online Exclusive posted Monday, December 5, 2016 – 10:47am
Dr. Danielle Sheypuk talks about sex and dating with SCI. (Photo by Danielle Sheypuk site).


If you’ve ever been on a bunch of dates, that opening line might make you do a double take. How does one get so lucky?!

But don’t get too jealous. Things quickly went downhill two dates later, as most dates ultimately do. This time, however, the reason may not be something that you’ve ever experienced. Intrigued? I was too. So here’s the story.

Danielle Sheypuk is a licensed clinical psychologist, an advocate and a model — among other things. She’s also been using a wheelchair since childhood. And that last fact is what did her recent date in.


On their third date over a romantic Italian dinner, Sheypuk noticed that he was sitting
farther away from her than usual. And then, out of nowhere, he began to ask the following questions:

“I’ve been thinking, how are you gonna be a mother? How are you gonna do the duties that’s gonna be required of you? And even as wife — how … I’m not sure how this is gonna work.”

Used to this line of inquiry, she had the perfect quippy reply: “Well that’s simple: I’m just gonna hire someone like every other New Yorker.”


Read the full story on or simply watch her TedTalk below.


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