“I am single and ready to mingle,” is a very popular quote often heard from single individuals who are ready and raring to plunge into the exciting world of dating, but this is something which disabled singles will not be able to do as easily.
For one, there could be the mobility and emotional issues to contend with. It is not rare to find disabled individuals retreating deeper into the safety of their comfort zones where they feel safe, away from prying eyes and wagging tongues and unsolicited commiserations. They do this because they believe or are made to believe that their disabilities have made them less adaptable to the normal scheme of things and that they could even be a burden and a liability to the people around them.
This may be true many, many years ago, but today, disabled singles have more opportunities and better chances of finding friends and even partners through the internet. Dating websites have effectively cut through the barriers posed by mobility and emotional issues and have helped thousands upon thousands of disabled singles to enjoy a modicum of normalcy in regard to their social interaction.
By and large, dating websites categorize their members by groups based on hobbies and interests, religion, sexual preferences, levels of commitment, and type of disability, among others. A well-made profile can attract the attention of hundreds of like-minded individuals who would be most interested to connect with and find out more the other members.
If you have presented a real picture of who you are, your interests, your preferences, it will not be hard to find people who exactly match your personality and would like to become your friend and even partner.
The popularity of disabled online has become phenomenal because starting friendship online proves to be less demanding. Most individuals opt to use these sites initially just to connect with someone, to chat, to share and be assured that somebody out there can be a potential friend or partner and that they are not doomed to stay single despite their disabilities.
Members of the site find that it is a lot easier to make friends and open up to other members as their identities are hidden until such time that they decide it is the right time to reveal their identities. There is no time limit to consider and members can remain anonymous for as long as they feel they need to be thus it is a safe and relaxed environment where new relationships are given more time to mature and become more deeply rooted as the members get to know their friends better.
The dating website offers a number of services geared towards making communication more accessible and meaningful such as chat rooms, emails, and instant messaging. They even have discussion forums to encourage members to share their thoughts and experiences regarding their own or specific disabilities and how to deal with the accompanying challenges.
Disabled singles have as much right as their able-bodied counterparts to be happy in love or companionship, or friendships. The stage has been set for them and all they have to do is be open, sincere and adventurous and embrace this gift that has been set before them and use them appropriately.