Top 5 Tips For Online Dating If You Have A Disability 2022

Updated: August 13, 2022

So, if you’re single, you can often find yourself thinking about when or whether you’re going to meet that special someone. But fear not! We’ve asked Disability Match to share its top dating tips if you have a disability – as well as dating dos and don’ts – so you can be ready to find your match.

1. Get into the right mindset for dating

You need to be positive about starting to date, whether it’s online or offline. Having a negative or pessimistic attitude will only serve to make you come across as being downbeat – not something people look for in a partner. Take some time to think about your strengths and what you can bring to a loving relationship. Ask family and friends what they think your best qualities are.

2. Relax and take it in your stride

Take the pressure off yourself and your date by looking at dating as a way of finding new friends and hopefully meeting someone you really ‘click’ with on different levels. It is far easier to look for dates on a niche disability site, where you don’t feel the need to be evasive about any medical or physical conditions you have.

3. Don’t be forgettable

Try to stand out from the crowd. Every dating profile requires a username. This is the first thing anyone sees about you, so try to make it distinctive. Usernames like ‘James1984’ are instantly forgettable – they get passed over. Try and go for something offbeat or different, such as ‘wheelchair wombat’ or ‘the spectrum kid’. Give other members something to smile at.

4. Get your online profile right

Take time to create a good profile. You should use this as an opportunity to highlight your good qualities and explain why you might make someone’s life feel happier. Don’t be modest. Include your most endearing qualities. Adding humour and making someone smile will help you profile (and you) more attractive. Avoid saying textbook phrases, such as “good sense of humour” – everyone says that.

5. Be realistic about your geographic possibilities

If you are based in Manchester, prioritise people in your area. If you have mobility issues or your energy is limited, this will make things easier for you. Even if you don’t, many members of disability dating sites do. There’s no point falling in love with a profile listing that belongs to someone you will never be able to actually meet up with.


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