Dating sites for developmentally disabled
People with learning disabilities, like everyone else, have a need for affectionate and intimate relationships.Yet many people with learning disabilities don’t get to have this type of relationship because of a lack of social and practical support, and society’s negative and stereotypical attitudes.Stars in the Sky, one of the first to be set up, by two women with learning disabilities, is now unfortunately closing due to financial constraints.
Not only do these beliefs hold people with learning disabilities back from relationships, they also infringe on their human right to privacy and a family life, as outlined in Article 8 of the Human Rights Act 1998.
The decade has seen a growth of friendship and dating groups for people with learning disabilities, including Heart Venture, Luv2meet U and matesndates.
They match people interested in forming relationships and support them on their first date.
Research that reviewed cases on the capacity to consent to sexual activity highlighted failures in the implementation of the act and suggested a reframed capacity assessment informed by research into sexual decision making.
Special dating agencies can enable people with learning disabilities to find relationships and broaden their social networks.
Common with most, does your disability hold you back from dating?