Online dating websites for the blind and visually impaired offer a chance to socialise and "cyber-flirt" with peers. Nearly all dating websites for the blind and physically disabled offer free membership.
For the People
Online dating websites for the blind and visually impaired are creating a presence on the Web. Although barely a dozen dating websites for the blind are currently available, the number of registered members on the live chat sites is increasing.
The For the People dating website for the blind is a free social networking site. Users need a microphone and a sound card to interact on this website. Users create a screen name and password upon registration. Personal identities are not shared unless site members choose to offer the information with other users. Graphic language is not permitted on this dating site. Downloading "Simple Software" is necessary to interact in the site's chat rooms. The website will prompt users to download the free software when registering for membership.
Members need to press the left Control key to speak with other chat room participants. A beeping signal from the website will note when a member can take a turn to speak in the chat room. An online shopping link and donation option is available for site members. For additional information regarding this online dating website for the blind and visually impaired visit their website (see Resources below).
BlindSpots, Dating 4 the Disabled
BlindSpots is a free dating and social networking service for the blind and visually impaired. Specialised website tools allow members to create blogs and chat with potential dates. For additional information visit their website (see Resources below).
The Dating 4 the Disabled website offers social networking tools to aid in communication for adults with physical disabilities. This free dating website allows members to communicate in chat rooms with instant messages, blogs and via webcams. The www.dating4disabled.com website features almost 10,000 members.
The Zone BBS website offers social interaction for the blind and visually impaired. This website offers free registration and use of all features at no charge. For additional information visit www.zonebbs.com.
Adults with multiple types of physical disabilities can use the Friends Like Me website. The blind and visually impaired can cyber flirt via an audio link provided on the website. Additional Friends Like Me resources include chat rooms and message boards. A membership fee of £39 is charged for a year subscription. For additional information visit www.friendslikee.com.
Chemistry.com offers some chat and socialising options for the visually impaired. Free registration allows members to browse the site. Fees are charged for interaction among members. For additional information visit www.chemistry.com.
Cyber Dating for Adults with Disabilities
The Disabled Passions website offers free social interaction and dating for adults with disabilities. Site features also include links to topics related to disability services and care. For additional information visit www.disabledpassions.com.
The Disabled Dating World website allows free membership for adults with disabilities and caregivers. Members can add photos to their site profile, send instant messages and tour chat rooms. For additional information visit www.disableddatingworld.com.
Whisper 4 U
The Whisper 4 U blind dating website offers free member interaction and multiple chat rooms for users. This dating website boasts approximately 16,000 members. Whisper 4 U members can also upload video profiles and communicate via webcam with other members. For additional information visit their website (see Resources below).