How to ace your first date 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. Although we first published this article in , we have updated it in with the latest information and latest disability dating sites.
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? Disabled Dating 4U Disabled Dating 4U started in the UK back in as a small site, but has since grown in popularity and claims to have thousands of new members joining it each day.
It has now launched in the US as well, so members can view profiles from people in both countries. There are three different levels of membership to the site — free trial, gold and VIP. Members on a trial can view profiles and send a limited number of messages, while those at the other end of the scale with VIP membership have priority listing on the site and are featured on the homepage.
Dating4Disabled Founded in , 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.
Meet Disabled Singles Meet Disabled Singles claims to be the fasting growing co-operative of online dating sites in the world. This essentially means that it is part of a collection of dating sites, so if you sign up, your profile will automatically be visible to a larger audience via other relevant dating websites, not just Meet Disabled Singles.
Outsiders Outsiders is a social, peer support and dating club, run by and for disabled people. With a vetting policy, members can be sure that all profiles are genuine, thus allowing users freedom of expression in a safe and secure online environment. Make the most of the Clubhouse by participating in lively Facebook discussions and private communications. The Outsiders Trust is completely free to join, though it relies entirely on donations. Whispers4u Established in , 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 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.
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. You can start browsing any of the sites by signing up for free.
You will need to pay if you want to contact members or use any of the other services. As well as looking for other singles, you can also look through the Able To Love You blog, although many of its articles are from a few years ago.
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 an email system that allows you to get in contact with other users without revealing your personal details.
There are also chat features and video messaging if you decide to take things a step further. Everyone, from all over the world, is welcome to join for free. Members are promised a fun and positive experience with a personal email, which means that there is no need to share your information with others. If you would like to give online dating a go, but worry about having to explain your disability to potential dates, this site could be the one for you.
It is user-friendly, with a mobile version too. OkCupid One of the biggest and most popular online dating website out there today, OkCupid is an all-inclusive website that caters to 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.
What are you waiting for?