Disability dating sites: we round up the best
In our series of articles on dating, relationships, love and sex, we round up the top disability dating sites so you can find that special someone, or a great friendship…
If Valentine’s Day saw you alone this year, wishing that you had someone to shower with overpriced chocolates and large teddy bears, then perhaps it is time to explore online dating. With the online dating industry now worth billions, the market has expanded rapidly to try and meet the needs of everyone who is looking for love. From uniform dating, to websites that cater specifically for tall people, or those with a gluten intolerance, there really is a site out there for everyone.
So what do websites that are aimed specifically at disabled people offer, and who is using them? We’ve compiled a list of the biggest disability dating sites out there, and thrown in a general dating website too, as there’s no need to restrict yourself to disability specific websites if you don’t want to. So whether you’re looking for love, friendship or something in between, here’s the lowdown on the top dating sites online today.
Disability Match UK is one of the biggest websites out there when it comes to disability dating. While most of the websites users have some sort of disability, the site is also open to non-disabled users, who in the sites own words; “look beyond an obvious disability and focus on the whole person and a possible relationship they might enjoy.” The website has also been adapted for smart phones and tablets, meaning it is easy to browse potential matches wherever you are in the world.
Founded in 2005, Dating4Disabled is a global website with the express aim of bringing disabled people together across forums, blogs and chat rooms. Designed for use by disabled people only, the site tries to create an inclusive atmosphere in which people feel safe to express themselves. It’s free to register and its users can share stories and meet like-minded individuals, making the site as much a social network as it is a dating site.
Established in 2002, Whispers4u connects disabled people from all around the world, with users in countries such as the UK, the USA, Canada, Australia and many European countries. The site also reports on many of the success stories of its users, with pages dedicated to couples who have found love and even got married after initially meeting on the website.
Disabled Passions is a dating site and a social networking facility for disabled singles. The website offers a range of forums for many specific disabilities if you want to talk to others with the same condition as you. The site is free to join and gives you the chance to search through people’s blogs and explore a wide range of shared interests and ideas. As much a support network as it is a dating site, Disabled Passions gives you the chance to get to know people in a supportive atmosphere, without any pressure to take things further.
Enable Dating is another UK website that is exclusively for disabled people. Free to join, Enable Dating has an easy to use interface and puts an emphasis on the safety of users, with guides to staying safe online, and in the real world if you decide to meet up for a date. The site uses a safe email system, which means you can get in contact with other users without revealing your personal details, while there are also chat features and video messaging if you decide to take things a step further. There’s also a 24/7 help feature built into the website and a blocking system if anyone proves troublesome.
The biggest and most popular online dating website out there today, OkCupid is an all-inclusive website that caters for everyone, whatever their gender, sexuality or ability. As a mainstream dating website, both disabled and non-disabled people use the service. Although it can seem daunting to launch yourself into a large dating community, it means the odds are on your side as there are so many users checking the site every day. Whether you choose to disclose your disability in your profile, or wait until you form a connection with someone, you won’t know unless you try – nothing ventured nothing gained. What are you waiting for?
By Nichola Daunton
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