While there are apparently hundreds of registered users on these websites, none of the individuals who spoke to The Daily Beast said they would use them.“If you’re in a chair, that’s great.If you’re not in a chair and you can reach the top shelf in my apartment, that’s even better,” says Woodward.“I think dating sites for people with disabilities is a terrible idea,” says Carlson, in the same vein.They simply want to know how exactly you’re “broken” and whether or not you can still have sex.
Tiffiny Carlson calls this “dropping the D-bomb.” Carlson, a writer who uses a wheelchair due to spinal cord injury, has been online dating since 1998.
“I always disclose my disability right away in my profile and photos,” she says via email.
Uploading photos to online dating websites causes everybody some level of anxiety, but what if—rather than worrying about how your hair looks in that picture—you worried about how your residual limb looks?
For the 20 percent of Americans who have disabilities, this is one of the many challenges they face with online dating.
With the incredible surge in popularity of online dating since its inception, countless niche communities have popped up.
Clown Dating.com, for instance, is a singles community for professional clowns, aspirational clowns, or people who just find clowns sexy.Sexuality R Us - Body Beautiful/Body Perfect: Challenging the Status Quo Where Do Women with Disabilities Fit In?Disability and Sexuality - People with physical or intellectual disabilities in our society are often regarded as non-sexual adults.But after navigating the minefield of online dating, this independent and successful young woman has begun to suspect that walking, even if it means physical discomfort, might make her love life go more smoothly.Because of disability trolling, some people may hesitate to disclose their differences right away.The anonymity of the Internet, however, gives the curious a new kind of boldness.“It’s really kind of a hit and a lot of misses when it comes to online dating,” Woodward says.