Online dating for the visually impaired people

Hi all, I am interested in setting up a website for online dating for the visually impaired people. I am wondering if anyone out there could be of help with this?? I have great ideas only required to put this into practice.

Many thanks.

Nada

Comments (9)

Neil_S's picture

Reply to NSaade by Neil_S

Hi Nada and welcome. I'm Neil and am registered blind. Not sure if what you're asking is int the remit of RNIB to create a website for you? But would be very interesting to hear your own experiences of dating or meeting people if you are blind or partially sighted. Like do you get out and about to different activities, do you manage to travel around a lot? What interests you if you're blind or partially sighted?

NSaade's picture

Reply to Neil_S by NSaade

Hi Neil,

Well, I have now put my idea forward so lets see who can help with creating this website. Yes, I'm a very independent visually impaired person I do get out and about a lot I love traveling, swimming, I also enjoy musicals and the theatre. Unfortunately, the problem many visually impaired have is meeting new people in the same situation although I have sighted friends which is always much easier to meet. This is why I would love to put my idea into practice so we have a platform to have the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends whether visually impaired or sighted.

Regards.

Neil_S's picture

Reply to NSaade by Neil_S

Yes, I admire your idea of possibly some sort of dating website. But I do think there could be a lot of potential pitfalls. Like from my experience different visually impaired people are on different stages of their sight loss journey. For example, some are much more mobile and confident at getting trains, buses and taxis outside of their immediate local area than others. Others depending on level of sight may prefer to have guidance at all times. Plus if blind only wish to date blind the spread of different blind people across the country must vary a.lot. And added to that what if you don't really want to relocate from where you have got used to living for years for whatever reason? So, many considerations compared to being fully sighted or not having any other disabilities with sight loss.

-InTheWorldOfTheBlind-'s picture

Reply to Neil_S by -InTheWorldOfTheBlind-

I acknowledge that there are pitfalls but those pitfalls are there without a dating website. There are other pitfalls too, such as safeguarding those who are more vulnerable. However most of the pitfalls are either those which are already present without the website (as I mentioned before) or they're pitfalls which any other kind of dating website would have.

So I say "Go for it"! Look at the pitfalls, because then you can build a site which also gives advice on dating and visual impairment, and looks at other ways of providing support (or signposting support from others) to those who are looking at dating whilst visually impaired.

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Reply to -InTheWorldOfTheBlind- by NSaade

Hi!

Thank you for the support however, I'd like to add that yes, visually impaired people do face a number of problems but also the sighted world also have their own issues. The most important is that we as visually impaired try to live as normal as possible and face our difficulties with strength and confidence so others can learn from us. I really hope that my idea of the website is completed by finding someone who can support. I still do not know if the RNIB are going to help with this. If anyone out there have any idea of how to start this or may be could help with anything please write on this board.

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Reply to NSaade by -InTheWorldOfTheBlind-

Hi. I hope I haven't given any offence here. I certainly didn't mean to. I was responding to what Neil S said and acknowledging that while there are some problems specific to loss of sight (or at least specific to the loss of a sense or an ability that someone once had and has now lost, particularly close to the time of that loss) that these are better seen as areas for support and advice than as a reason not to continue. I was also pointing out to him that most problems were problems that other dating sites not specifically set up for the visually impaired would have to take into consideration (Safeguarding of all members' contact details, safeguarding in any case where the user may be particularly vulnerable or currently in a vulnerable situation).

I have been partially sighted myself since 2014 and lost all sight in my left eye a year later. I was fortunate enough to have someone in my life at the time (we are now married), had I not I think I would be at a low ebb. Some of the issues I faced were unconnected to my sight loss and some were connected to it.

I didn't mean to imply in any way that being blind or partially sighted per sé made anybody more vulnerable or less able (although sometimes shortly after sight loss or the loss of any sense or ability it can feel that way for the individual).

Maybe rephrasing would be a better way. Every decent dating agency or website will provide advice and support on dating, confidence building and so on. In view of what Neil S said: any pitfalls that may exist in terms of blind people dating are either issues faced by many people of varying backgrounds and sight levels who are using any dating websites or are problems which can be easily helped with advice from the website and/or the VI community.

NSaade's picture

Reply to -InTheWorldOfTheBlind- by NSaade

Hi,

No offence what so ever I guessed that's what you meant. It's great that you have someone in your life which I also agree it can be a massive support which many people don't have this because many visually impaired feel isolated especially those who have lost their sight not long ago. An online dating will help people connect with each other and make friends so it isn't only to find the right Match. I am sure people will use the site for various different reasons however my aim is to help people find that special person in their lives.

LelaPatterson's picture

Reply to NSaade by LelaPatterson

Sorry, I have no knowledge about this subject. I haven’t tried online dating.

Rob123's picture

Reply to NSaade by Rob123

Hello Nada

Welcome to the RNIB Connect discussion boards, and this is an interesting idea. I have often wondered why there has not been a website like this for VI people, and it is good that you have put this idea forward.

I hope you will receive some good feedback from fellow members regarding this, and that your project takes off as i think that there would be interest from a lot of VI people to join such a website.

Robin