Dating service disabled people
It also featured in The Undateables, and it is clearly evident from the series that support can enable people with learning disabilities to form relationships.
And success is not only measured by a successful date but by the confidence that individuals gain by going on a date, too.
Samantha joined the dating agency because, she said: Jane’s reason for joining was “because I didn’t want to be single anymore.
I hate being on my own and being miserable.” Relationships have a positive impact on mental health and the well-being of people in general.
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.
Although attitudes are changing, it is evident that some caregivers still hold these negative perceptions, which include the belief that people with learning disabilities are asexual or “childlike”.
Although they may want to be in a relationship, they are often faced with barriers and challenges that prevent them finding what many take for granted.