~Gift Nleko, Dating, Relationships, and Disability student
Dating with a disability can be challenging due to societal attitudes, lack of self-esteem, and struggles with confidence. Most of the time it is the messages we give ourselves that have the most impact on our confidence. Dating, Relationships, and Disability: How to Have Confidence and Succeed is a course to help people increase their self-esteem and confidence in dating through helping to:
The four modules, which include a video and downloadable Take Action guides in PDF format, are:
Professionals and family members of people with disabilities can take the course to help someone in their life. A Professional Version is available for organizations and agencies to have up to five users and unlimited access to the Take Action guide to use with people they serve.
Kathy O’Connell is Director of RadiantAbilities.com, an online resource to increase self-esteem, develop confidence, and nurture empowerment for people with disabilities. Kathy is author of the self-help book, Firewalk: Embracing Different, a personal development book for people with disabilities.
Kathy's passion is helping people with disabilities in the areas of dating, relationships, and sexuality. Kathy has 20 years of experience as a counselor working on this topic with people with disabilities.
She also struggled for years within the dating and relationship realm with the barriers her own disability presented. Her personal experience resulted in developing key beliefs, helpful strategies, and increased confidence that led to meeting her husband.
Kathy is certified as a: Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Certified Core Energetics Therapist, and Breath Therapist. She has degrees from Le Moyne College and Syracuse University.
Kathy’s commitment is to assist people with disabilities and their family members in living full lives through promoting growth, enhancing self-worth and personal empowerment.
Kathy’s work is intertwined with her personal life as someone who lives with a disability. Born with cerebral palsy, Kathy has her own history of struggles and triumphs related to living with a difference.