As online dating reaches it's peak, it's no surprise that it's popularity is being used to help disadvantaged people to find the loving relationship that we're all entitled to. One particular leader in this area, DisabledDating.net, focuses on the disabled (among others) in society. We felt it was time to take a closer look...
DisabledDating.net is an international online dating brand that specialises in helping individuals with disabilities find people to date. This growing area of the online dating market gains more attention every day, with mainstream TV shows like 'The Undateables', despite being an extreme representation of disabled singles, proving that the disabled dating scene is very much on the rise.
The messaging on DisabledDating.net is simple – just because you have a disability doesn't mean you shouldn't be part of the online dating revolution. The site isn't just for disabled people to find love either; it's open to people with or without disabilities, which makes a lot of sense - as why should disabled people be limited to only dating others with disabilities? It's a strong start for a site that has resisted the temptation to cover its front page with stereotypical images of wheelchair daters, as most other disabled dating sites do, demonstrating an understanding that a broad range of disabilities exist, not just physical ones.
The onsite blog is interesting and helpful (you don't have to register to access the dating tips and advice), while the DisabledDating.net slogan confidently reiterates the idea that being disabled doesn't have to mean being alone.
Signing up for a free membership on their disabled dating site is quick and easy, with the only requirements being to answer a few questions to help people find you (gender, age, nature of disability – options here include everything from Autistic Spectrum disorders, Down's Syndrome, Bipolar, Cerebral Palsy, Diabetes, MS, visual or hearing impaired, etc ) and your email address is required to allow DisabledDating.net to send you a personal link to access the site. This is sent via email as a security measure, preventing people that provide false information from getting access to the dating site.
The members' area isn't bad, our review team felt the design was clean and simple if perhaps a little bit in need of modernisation, but most importantly it functioned well on desktop computers, laptops, tablets and the mobile site was more than adequate for our reviewer's needs. The actual search and communication process on DisabledDating.net is very efficient, with a variety of options for both browsing and contacting the disabled singles on the site.
When searching, you can select between browsing the disabled/ non-disabled members that are online at the same time as you, those that are new to the site, the ones that have indicated an interest in your profile, and so on. It's good to be able to switch criteria and all searches are free too. This is ideal as we recommend paying for an upgrade to test the site only where your searches bring some results in your area. That way, you at least know you have options! The good news from our review was that the number of members is so high on DisabledDating.net that we found a wide variety of members to contact in each of the cities our review team tested from (including Dublin, Glasgow, London, Manchester, New York, Chicago, Sydney, Cardiff and Toronto). We have every reason to believe from these results and our enquiries to their 24/7 customer support team that the DisabledDating.net global disabled database is very strong.
Communicating with members is also a strength of DisabledDating.net, too. The conventional options are there; instant chat, emails, icebreakers and a “Flirt” feature that let's you search multiple members and contact them with one easy click. What's more, there's a webcam option that's designed to help those who feel more comfortable meeting face to face over the computer before actually meeting in person. This is a great tool to help get to know someone better and an admirable option for the site's disabled users, many of whom will understandably be anxious about going on that first date.
There's no doubt that dating sites for disabled people are becoming more popular. The number of online dating agencies that help people with disabilities find romance and love is growing fast. So it's good to see a site like AbledLove.com setting the bar high and doing a great job by covering the most important elements that are required to aid the online dating process. The site manages to get the balance right between being serious as well as fun, and the help options to assist new daters are plentiful.
If you're a disabled person searching for love, or someone willing to look beyond disabilities in your quest for romance, then we certainly recommend AbledLove as a great option.
As always, we advise you to spend time on your profile (add pictures and a description of yourself) and remain patient in the first few weeks. Finding love online takes a little time and effort but we all know that it's worth it! It may help to join two or three sites at once to make sure you give yourself the best chance of finding regular dates. Good luck