As children and teenagers with special needs and mental disabilities grow older, they may find it difficult to meet people in their age group and ability level.Special Bridge is a new type of dating and companionship website that aims to help these individuals find friends and romantic partners with the same types of special needs, allowing them to create new friendships and open the door for romantic attachments.Special Bridge is the creation of Michael Robbins and Lauren Ellis, who wanted to create a unique experience for people with special needs to find companionship with new people with similar disabilities and developmental delays.
Often the romantic aspect of life for people with special needs is overlooked.
Caregivers spend so much time focusing on educational, medical, and mental health needs that fostering friendships often gets left by the wayside.
Members can meet people who live just down the street or on the other side of the country, making true friendships that simply aren't always possible outside of the Internet.
The low-pressure atmosphere encourages people to get to know each other as opposed to quickly making a match.
Other dating sites offer a cookie-cutter experience that simply doesn't work for many people with developmental delays and disabilities.
Special Bridge represents a safe place for each of these unique individuals to be themselves without fear of judgment or insults.
These social events will be planned as the site begins to grow and gain a following within the special needs community.
This is just one more way that Special Bridge sets itself apart from mainstream dating websites.
"The site's design gives each member a rich experience without the sensory overload that some other websites are prone to"Special Bridge is a new dating website due to launch in December 2013 that will cater to adults with autism, Down's Syndrome, developmental delays, and special needs.
It's goal is to create a supportive environment that allows people to create meaningful friendships and romantic relationships.
The goal of Special Bridge isn't just to create romantic matches.