Online dating learning disabilities
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Dating when you have a disability is often a little scary and intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be so stressful.
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.
But specialised dating agencies can help to provide the support they need to meet new people and find romance.
People with learning disabilities, like everyone else, have a need for affectionate and intimate relationships.
They match people interested in forming relationships and support them on their first date.
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.
Online dating gives us vetting opportunities for potential suitors, and not everyone may be interested in dating someone with a disability.
As Georgia, one participant in a 2014 study, said: I think I do need a bit of support … And that so yeah, gives me a bit of confidence to speak, and see if I can meet the right one, and could say to them, ‘well what d’you think about this … To prevent abuse, people with learning disabilities should have access to sex and relationships education, and caregivers should be prepared to discuss issues on sex and relationships openly in a proactive, rather than reactive, way.
This would equip people with the knowledge they need to enjoy relationships in a safe way.
The act states that the capacity to consent to sexual relationships must be assumed unless proven otherwise and an unwise decision does not necessarily imply a lack of capacity.
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.