Disabled dating sites

There are sites covering virtually every topic and offering advice or information on almost any problem you may have. There are even sites for individuals who can identify with each other on religious grounds or ethical issues. Similarly people with disabilities, either mental or physical impairments, have special sites, which cater specifically to them.

They have topics of interest to this special group, forums for discussion and the chance to interact with individuals with similar problems and faced with the same challenges. It provides them with a variety of individuals with whom they can share thoughts and feelings about various issues, and possibly devise coping strategies in times of stress.

The Internet provides a wonderful shield of anonymity and when a disabled person starts out on a site like this, they have the opportunity to engage in an animated discussion, or perhaps even a flirtation, with a member of the opposite sex, without feeling inhibited by his/her disability. These sites provide them the ability to start out as two normal individuals, exploring the fun aspects of online dating and flirting, in a safe and non-threatening environment.

Here are some reviews of the popular disabled dating sites catering specifically to this select group of individuals.

Whispers4u.com

Aim

To function as an online community for the disabled world with the added advantage of comprehensive dating services – a surefire lure!

Registration

This site is free to sign up with.

USP

It starts with the byline, "there are 80 adult members whispering online now", which imparts a delightful feeling of wanting to share the secret! And over 20,000 registered members, which provides a great deal of variety.

Facilities

Boasts of an online casino for members, virtual flirting, live web cam chat, video dating, free photo profile and a refined member search including disability type.

Lovebyrd.com

Aim

It aims at functioning as a community for singles with any sort of handicap, mental or physical, to meet and interact with similar individuals in a user-friendly setting.

USP

Their claim… ‘We are the #1 online disabled dating and disabled friend finder service’.

Registration

Periodically offer free accounts.

Facilities

An extensive site, which offers comprehensive services from disabled employment and dating services to discussion forums, chat rooms and message boards. There are unique features like the ‘Top Ten’ under various categories like ‘Newest Members’, ‘Most Viewed, ‘Most Active’ and ‘Most Buddy Listed’ including a ‘Spotlight Male/Female’. There is variety and humour offered in the form of disabled travel, arts, dating horror stories and dating etiquette.

Disabledfriends.com

Aim

Offers a local, national and global network for disabled people to interact, share views and make friends.

Registration

Basic membership is free. Minimal charge for higher levels of membership, providing access to special features or provisions.

USP

The initiative of a single individual, Lawrence Roper, prompted by the lack of social services dedicated to helping the disabled and drawing on his experience in caring for the disabled in his family.

Facilities

Disabledfriends.com endeavours to provide the millions of disabled people worldwide, dependent on their computer for communication and entertainment, the ability to share experiences online, arrange meetings and build local and worldwide relationships, in a secure environment. The site aims to include an entertainment section, an information resource with links to relevant agencies and in the near future, offer a wealth of global information regarding specialized holidays, transport, health & safety, accommodation, legal issues and work etc.

Disabledhearts.com

Aim

To provide a safe place on the net for disabled singles to meet other singles that can understand what it is like to deal with a disability.

Registration

You have to pay to become a member.

USP

As one member says, "Unlike other Disabled Dating sites, I like that this one does not force you to select an illness when you register. I think that anyone that comes here to meet others knows that there is a situation to be revealed in due time simply from the nature of the site. If the member wants to list his/her specific situation in their profile that is their choice and it is cool but some might not want to make this information public until they meet someone that they can confide in on a personal level."

Facilities

Basically a dating service for disabled singles to feel free to find someone they can talk to and grow with, until they are ready to move their relationship on to a more personal level, with special emphasis on carefully screening, detecting and eliminating scammers or those who try to prey on the disabled, considering them easy targets.

Disabled-world.com

Aim

Disabled Dating World is a an online dating service for persons with disabilities, those caring for them, their families and friends, and anyone who would like to meet compatible people having a disability.

Registration

Membership is free.

USP

Apart from the various facilities offered, comprehensive and quality information on a wide variety of topics.

Facilities

You can email other singles with the added advantage of potential dates delivered to your inbox, two-way matching, up to four pictures upload, apart from the chat room and disability forum. Various sections pertaining to advanced equipment, products and services to treat certain ailments or disabilities, helpful tips, diet advice, medical information on relevant health issues, disability articles, information on entertainment, sports and more. Also valuable information on a much needed break for the disabled in terms of affordable holidays worldwide, with facilities catering specifically to the disabled.

Dawn-disabled-dating.com

Aim

DAWN – an acronym for differently abled winners network, calls itself an introduction service or even a matchmaking service of sorts, functioning primarily but not exclusively, as an avenue for differently abled dating.Registration

There is an initial processing fee for which there are three options: $79.95 for an initial three months, $129.95 for an initial six months, or $189.95 for an initial 12 months. Thereafter, a six-month membership renewal is $79.95 or free in the event you have not had a referral in the preceding period.

USP

No informal chat rooms or message bulletins and discussion forums here. A formalized system for finding a ‘differently abled’ match using a traditional one-to-one approach, which has resulted in an extraordinary success rate of 14 marriages and many other committed and live-in relationships, they say.

Facilities

A highly personalized and strictly confidential questionnaire helps to assess unique and specific personal needs and requirements, likes and dislikes, goals and expectations. Personal profiles are sought and personal or telephone interviews are conducted with the organization staff or director to seek further relevant information or preferences. You have the option of providing your phone number or withholding it at the time of posting your information. Staff carefully matches prospective profiles after giving due consideration to disabilities and other qualities. The initial introduction takes place through postal mail by exchanging personal profiles.

Friendslikeme.org

Aim

Seeking to provide an avenue to the disabled for making friends and forming relationships.

Registration

Free to sign up. Membership comes at a price:

For 6 months - $45.00 on sale currently

For 1 year - $60.00 on sale currently

USP

For the disabled, the world’s leading network for meeting friends, making dates and finding information

Facilities

Forums, email and messaging for meeting and chatting with other members and valuable resource links to organizations in the areas of education and training, healthcare, travel and leisure, sports etc.

Disabledunited.com

Aim

Primarily focused on helping the disabled make friends and find dates.

Registration

Free to sign up.

USP

A disabled united travel section which is live, providing regular updates and adding content on a daily basis, on accessible holiday accommodation catering specifically to the disabled, their carers, friends and family.

Facilities

Chatting with friends online, message boards, personal recommendations, more or less similar to standard disabled dating sites.

Cupidcalls.co.uk

Aim

Dedicated to finding that special someone. It is not exclusively for the disabled but claims to proactively seek membership from all sections of the community – especially disabled people.

Registration

Free for joining and for basic membership but a fee is charged to upgrade membership.

USP

An ‘all inclusive’ website which they say is a lot more effective than traditional personal ads, in a safe, highly confidential environment, for people from all walks of life to interact and find love.

Facilities

An advanced matchmaking system with the ability to add photos, voice and video, and the use of private e-mail, anonymous text and instant messaging, with provisions for "free flirting and free personal ads."

Specialsinglesonline.com

Aim

Started out by a lady, prompted by the fact that at a support meeting she attended, a lot of disabled singles were looking out for similar partners as they felt that only those in the same situation can truly empathize instead of just sympathize.


Registration

Not specifically mentioned.

USP

Would like to be known as ‘The place to find your soulmate or just make friends’. Here you can connect with people travelling on a similar journey.


Facilities

Member profiles are comprehensive, with details of age, marital status, education, description of physical characteristics, interests and detailed general information on likes and dislikes and what the member is looking for in a partner.