She is one of three main characters in the film who shares her experience of dating in our digital age as someone who is visually impaired.The film, which was first released in 2015, follows Nefertiti and two men, Anthony Butler and Gus Chalkias.If we’re after the same goal—to love and to be loved—we’re all sharing the same experience; we are all part of this larger dating experiment.What we thought made us different, is actually that which unites us even further. “It’s not a sad film about having a disability,” Ellis added.[Read: 14 signs you’re ruining your first dates and don’t even know it!] But all said and done, all of us should experience at least one blind date in our lives.We can see how very outdated and silly the stigmas around disability and dating truly are.
Dating websites, which are by nature visual platforms, add an inherent level of complication for blind or visually impaired users.You don’t know if you’re swiping left or swiping right or even what the person looks like,” Ellis said.“So, even getting through the app or online platform is a challenge.” Engineers and assistive technology experts have made incredible strides over the last decade, designing ways to adapt technology for sensory and physically disabled individuals.While there can be an added layer of difficulty when living with a disability, this whole dating thing is something we can all relate to.“A lot of people asexualize people with disabilities, which is like taking them out of the running before they even get a seat at the table, and that's wrong,” Ellis said.