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Love in the Digital Age: Online Dating When you Have a Disability

June 9, 2022, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


WELCOME! At the time of the event, the Livestream will be available for viewing in the screen below.

To participate in the interactive elements of the evening, such as chat and polls, you will need to join Slido. You can find an easy, step-by-step guide for this by clicking the button below that says SLIDO GUIDE. The chat window is below the video screen. 





In this engaging and informative presentation, attendees will:

  • hear about experiences of people with developmental and intellectual disabilities when participating in virtual dating
  • learn about barriers people with disabilities face in accessing digital dating, and
  • learn tips and resources for safe and satisfying online dating experiences for people with disabilities.

This is a hybrid event, so participants can choose to attend in-person at The Ability Hub or join online.

A little bit about Dr. Martino:

Dr. Alan Martino (he/him) is a faculty member in the Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies program in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary.

His main research interests are in critical disability studies, gender and sexualities; feminist and critical disability studies theories; qualitative and community-based research (particularly participatory and inclusive research methodologies).

His doctoral research examined the romantic and sexual lives of adults with intellectual disabilities in Ontario, Canada, by putting into conversation theories from both the sociology of sexualities and the field of critical disability studies. His current research project explores the intimate lives of 2SLGBTQ+ disabled people in Alberta.

His work has been published in journals, including Disability Studies Quarterly, Canadian Disability Studies Journal, and Culture, Health and Sexuality, as well as edited volumes focused on disability and/or sexualities studies. He is the former co-lead for the Sociology of Disability Research Cluster at the Canadian Sociological Association, as well as the current co-lead for the emerging Disability and Intimate Citizenship Research and Advocacy Hub.


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June 9, 2022
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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