“There are so many different kinds of disabilities, and each one impacts each person differently.” Dating can be awkward and challenging, if sometimes exciting, for anyone at any age.It can also be thoroughly uncomfortable for young adults to talk to their parents about dating – disability or not.
Neither did she see people with disabilities portrayed as being in relationships on television or in the movies.The athlete - whose many sports medals include a bronze in the 100m breaststroke SB4 at last year's Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro - was born with spina bifida and is paralysed from the waist down.Assistance in areas such as employment and caregiving is often offered to disabled people and their families.The app, which launched this month, is for anyone — not just those with disabilities.Their promise is to "Go beyond just looks and connect users based on shared interests and lifestyles." One of the ways they do this is to provide an easy way to add your disability to your profile."Their biggest omission has always been their disability," he tells Buzz Feed.
"They are ashamed of it, worried that it will automatically disqualify them from the dating pool."When it comes to Glimmer, everything is out on the table.
Parents of teens and young adults with disabilities do, however, have a role to play in preparing them to enter the world of dating and relationships.
Parents can start by learning about the barriers teens and young adults with disabilities encounter as they seek out romantic relationships.
"Glimmer was designed to promote transparency between users and be welcoming to all people."Buzz Feed reports that the app, currently available for both Android and i Phone, was launched in January 2017 by Geoffrey Anderson.
Anderson was inspired to create the app after working with people with disabilities and watching his disabled brother struggle with traditional dating apps like Tinder.
Are you or a friend of yours disabled and looking for singles with similar characteristics to date with them?