Celebrating accessible, inclusive love this Valentine’s Day

Couple in love of 26 years old Down Syndrome in a park in Montreal doing selfie with mobile phone. They are learning to live independently.  Color and horizontal photo was taken in Quebec Canada.

Love is in the air.

With the most romantic day of the year just around the corner, are you looking for ways to celebrate with your nearest and dearest? If you or your partner have a disability, you might be looking outside the (chocolate) box for Valentine’s Day ideas. We hear you! Read on for some fun, accessible ways to celebrate love this Monday.

First, think about what romance means to you. Perhaps it’s a bowl of spaghetti for two. Or maybe it’s a trip to your favourite bookshop or park; or it’s spoiling the person you love with extra special treats. Take some time to consider how you could both enjoy the day, and plan a date that celebrates your unique relationship.

A table for two

Looking for a candlelit table for two? Before you book that romantic dinner, make sure to check about accessibility so you’re both comfortable. Some hole-in-the-wall cafes and bars can be tricky to navigate in a wheelchair. Others can be quite noisy, so if you or your loved one have sensory issues or are hearing impaired, then you’ll want to find a quieter venue or an outside table. To give you some ideas, here’s a great list of the best accessible restaurants in Melbourne, and the same for Sydney.

If a romantic dinner at home is more your scene, you could treat yourself to home-delivered take-away from a local restaurant. Or, for something a little more special and memorable, you could try one of Providoor’s finish-at-home meals from Melbourne or Sydney’s top restaurants.

An outdoor adventure

Take your love outdoors with a romantic wander through your favourite park or gardens, or a promenade along a beachfront path. There are plenty of accessible pathways in some incredible scenic and romantic spots – check out these accessible trails in Melbourne, or some of Sydney’s best here.

To make the outing even more special, why not pack a picnic basket full of your favourite foods, wine, cheese, and chocolate. Or, if you don’t feel like heading out in public, you could unpack a picnic in your own backyard.

Curl up on the couch

If staying at home is more your thing, you could cue up your favourite rom-com on your streaming service while you cuddle up to your beloved on the couch. Don’t forget the chocolate!

Keep things simple and share the love

Sometimes it’s the simple things that mean the most. Bring your loved one their morning cup of tea in bed with a flower plucked from the garden. Slip a love letter into their lunchbox. Or send them a card – extra brownie points if you make it yourself!

And, even if you don’t have a partner, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to remind the people around us how much they mean to us. That might be your friends, your colleagues, your carers, or your family. Give your mum a call and tell her you love her!

From all of us at Scope, we wish you a loved-up Valentine’s Day.