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The art of dating is already tough to master, but factor in the stress of how, when, and where to share your disability? Now it’s even more complicated.

It isn’t easy to figure out whether or not to disclose your disability in your profile, but the truth is, you shouldn’t have to be concerned over that. You should be able to enjoy the process of getting to know new people, having some back-and-forth banter, and assessing whether or not there’s potential for sparks to fly. Your disability does not define who you are, nor does it have to have any negative bearing on your love life.

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Whether you’re an amputee, physically disabled from an accident, or dealing with a life-long mental health condition, it’s understandable to want a partner who can empathize with you. That’s why it’s important to take note of this: Anyone can find and is deserving of love, regardless of their disability. You just need to start looking in the right places.

If you’re tired of the superficial swipe culture and you’re looking for a real connection with someone who can understand your life for all that it is, we’ve rounded up 8 apps and sites for disabled people that are a great place to start.


8 Dating Apps to Help People With Disabilities Find Their Perfect Match


Glimmer

The tagline of this dating site is “be proud of who you are.” Their mission? To create a more transparent and inclusive community for singles. While disclosure of your disability is not mandatory and can be modified at any time, Glimmer does offer the option to add it to your profile.

Geoffrey Anderson was inspired to launch Glimmer after noticing that his brother, someone with cognitive disabilities, wasn’t having much success on some of the more mainstream dating apps. Anderson told Buzzfeed that he didn’t like the fact that people felt the need to omit their disabilities simply because having one is often stigmatized. Not everyone on Glimmer has a disability, but you can rest assured that those who have joined are clearly there because they’re accepting and open-minded to finding love in any form.

Once you’ve joined Glimmer, you can search members by what you’re looking for (friends, partners, other parents of people with disabilities), or by shared interests (music, travel, sports, gaming, etc.). You can also filter out members by their specific disability — post-traumatic stress disorder, quadriplegic, ADD, OCD, autism, or visual impairment.

Check out Glimmer

Disability Matching

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Whether you’re looking for new friends or to spark up a romantic connection, this dating app is a viable option.

While Disability Matching is free to download, you’ll only get a limited number of messages per day. However, you can upgrade to a premium membership for a one-time fee of $12.99 to get unlimited messages and advanced search filters, keep a list of your favorite users, see who has viewed your profile, and add more exciting details to your profile. Upgrading also lets you set your profile match criteria so you can personalize your experience while setting your GPS location to search specifically for users who are nearby. You can even promote your own profile to the top of the results so you get seen by more members.

App Store reviews say it’s super simple and straightforward to use, from the time you sign up to the time you start messaging other users.

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Prescription4Love

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The founder of this site was inspired to launch it by his late brother, a man with Crohn’s disease who struggled with dating as a result.

“I thought if he met someone at a website where everyone had the same condition, there would be nothing to disclose,” he explains on the website. Prescription4Love went live in 2006 with 11 conditions, but it has grown significantly since to include 36 conditions, including deafness, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, diabetes, epilepsy, and even STDs.

Prescription4Love is totally free to use, and without even making a profile, you can do a quick search to see who’s online by entering criteria for what gender and age range you’re interested in, as well as your zip code. You can also select a specific disorder if you’d like to filter out members that way. The best way, of course, to spark something up is to create an account with a profile picture and some information about you.

Once you’ve found someone you’re interested in, you can add them to your favorites list or email them directly from the search results.

Check out Prescription4Love

Dating4Disabled

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It only takes a minute or two to register for this dating site, aimed at helping people with any kind of disability meet like-minded people for relationships and friendships alike.

Dating4Disabled is free to use, and as a non-paying member, you get one free point per month that you can use to read an email from another user. By upgrading to a paid membership, though, you can send and read an unlimited number of messages per month. Upgrading costs $23.90 for one month, or you can pay three months upfront for $49.90, six months upfront for $69.90, or one year upfront for $120.

Dating4Disabled is one of the more expensive dating apps on this list, but that said, there does seem to be some benefits. For one, the site takes safety very seriously, using an advanced filtering system that blocks about 90% of illegitimate membership requests and automatically denies membership to suspicious applicants. All member profiles are scanned for fraudulent information, and public correspondence is monitored. The site also has an abuse report system and allows all users to “blacklist” certain members from contacting them if necessary.

Not to mention, the testimonials page is packed with heartwarming stories of people who found their perfect person on this particular site.

Check out Dating4Disabled

S’More

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While this app isn’t exactly designed for the disabled, its whole philosophy ensures a less superficial experience. How so?

Well, rather than swiping through pictures, you’ll be presented with other information about your potential matches (like their interests, personality traits, education, etc.), to support decisions based on who they are rather than just what they look like. If you dig anything about a person’s profile, you can give them a “wink,” and after you’ve given them a certain amount, their profile photo will gradually come into focus. That way, you have enough time to form a connection before making any superficial judgments about whether or not they’re a good fit for you.

Completing your profile provides you with picks of the day on the home screen. As a free member, you can chat with up to eight people, and upgrading to a premium membership allows you to chat with up to 12. You’ll unlock the option to start a video chat once you’ve started conversing with someone, but for the first two minutes, the image is blurred. Video calls are limited to five minutes for unpaid members, but can be continued for a longer time for premium members.

Perhaps one of the coolest distinguishing features of S’More is that users who receive more positive scores for their behavior can increase their visibility and position on the app, providing incentive for just being an overall decent person here.

Right now, S’More is only active in New York City, Boston, Washington DC, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Dallas, but there are plans for expansion soon.

Check out S’More

Ellie

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If you prefer a Tinder-like swiping interface, look no further than Ellie.

“We’ve designed Ellie to be a uniquely safe space where everyone can feel accepted, and be themselves without being judged,” the company says on the App Store. But FYI, this one is only available for the iPhone, and is geared specifically toward people who are looking for a serious relationship.

Creating an account takes just a couple of minutes, and from there, you can refine your search further to make sure your matches meet what you’re looking for. In late 2020, Ellie updated the app with some new features, including the ability to see when your match is online, when they are typing, and whether messages have been read.

Check out Ellie

Dating Handicapped

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There are two types of members on this site: those with disabilities, and those who don’t have a disability but are open to meeting anyone with one. Either way, once you’ve completed your profile and uploaded a picture, you can browse other members based on your location or other criteria (such as who’s currently active online). You can also filter users by age, location, interests, level of education, occupation, marital status, and specific disability.

You’ll need to upgrade to a premium account if you want to send or receive messages, add people to your list of favorites, or use the chat room. However, free users can create a profile, search for singles, and even send and receive “flirts” (a digital wink, so to speak) as part of a trial run of sorts.

“Honestly, I feel more comfortable and able to just be myself,” said one user in a review.

Check out Dating Handicapped

Whispers4U

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A part of Dating Factory — one of the largest online dating networks in the world — this site claims to have thousands of members across the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, and all over Europe.

Part of what sets Whispers4U apart is that it offers live audio and video webcam chatting, as well as instant messenger features. On top of that, the company regularly checks for scammers and removes fraudulent profiles.

You can join the site for free, but upgrading does come with a number of perks. Free trial members can create and update their profile, browse the user base, send and respond to chat requests, send and receive winks, and add members to their “friends” list. Gold members, meanwhile, get the added benefit of sending and replying to an unlimited number of emails, viewing other members’ galleries, and using chat without any restrictions. As a VIP member, you also get highlighted in search results and galleries, get featured on members’ homepages and in their mailboxes, and get overall priority listing on the site.

Whispers4U claims that its matching software actively promotes members based on the quality of your profile, which means it’s definitely worth taking the extra time to flesh out your bio and add more than one photo.

Still not sure if the site is right for you? The success stories from members speak for themselves.

Check out Whispers4U


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