Honesty about your true self isn’t exactly the hallmark of most online dating apps, but a new one called Glimmer is trying to create a more transparent environment, especially for people with disabilities.
The emphasis dating apps like Tinder and Bumble put on superficial snap judgments can pose a unique challenge for people with disabilities.
Dating Challenges Dating challenges vary by age and disability.
When Finneman, who has been married for three years, reflects on his dating days, he finds it difficult to separate any awkwardness created by his disability from the general pitfalls any teen or young adult would face.
"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.
In fact, the issues faced by people with disabilities may not always differ vastly from those faced by their able-bodied counterparts.
For Ms Goh, her desire to find out more about dating as she entered her teens prompted her to go online to read articles and join forums and chat groups that catered to dating as a person with disabilities.
“In high school, I ran with the popular crowd and I played sports. But on the flip side, I’m much shorter than normal, so that would cut against me.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.The Government said in Monday's Budget announcement that it will spend about 0 million a year on a five-year national plan with initiatives to support people with disabilities.Disabled people interviewed by The Sunday Times - those who are single as well as those who are in relationships - say physical limitations, a lack of confidence and societal expectations can be obstacles to dating, though they can sometimes be overcome.
However, for new dating app, Glimmer, it's all about honesty — especially when it comes to disabilities.