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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Online Dating Services for the Blind

The American Foundation for the Blind estimates there are currently 10 million blind people living in the United States, and it's believed that half of them have computers with access to the Internet. Those in search of love can now log onto two websites to find their match.

Dominic Carrejo was a basic trainee in his 20s planning a long future in the Army. He later developed an eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa, and his vision deteriorated. Eventually, Carrejo found love and married, but he noticed some of his blind friends were struggling.

As a way to help, he created the Website Love is Blind. Every month the site has a featured member and clients can determine whether someone has what they're looking for in terms of love or marriage. So far the site has attracted clients from Canada and Australia. Those who aren't visually impaired are welcome as well.

Click this link to visit Love is Blind at http://www.luvisblind.net.

Whether you're single or single again, Dating4Disabled wants to help you express yourself, make friends, and hopefully find a partner for life.

Developed by a group of volunteers whose goal is to provide more social, intellectual and romantic outlets for disabled individuals, this growing community, has become an international gathering place, home to members from over 15 countries worldwide. It is a place for people of all nationalities, backgrounds and life-challenges to share, connect and just be heard through forums, a dating service, private chats, and blogs. Membership is free and at sign-up users create a profile which tailors their online preferences and allows them to customize their interactions by type of relationship, life-challenge, location, interests and more.

Dating4Disabled is formatted to be accessible to those with vision impairments, incorporating large font options and supporting icon comments. It is also compatible with most screen readers, including JAWS.

Click this link to visit the Dating4Disabled website: http://www.dating4disabled.com.

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