“If its the 30th day of the month, youre thinking, ‘Ive got one more day to find someone or its another $35.” Date Able, which was founded in 1987 by a Washington, D.
C., doctor who wanted to give her patients a way to combat the isolation that accompanied their physical disabilities, charges a $125 initiation fee for the first year and $25 every year thereafter.
“But I probably knew everybody in my community and nobody I knew wanted to date me or vice versa.
Lynn lived 60 miles away, but we made it work.” By pushing a “friends first” concept, which has been emulated in the communal blog and forum features of Prescription 4 Love, No Longer Lonely, and other illness-specific sites, Date Able members can get up to speed on the dating world in a familiar environment without the prying eyes of the Web.
People with mental health problems, from chronic depression to schizophrenia, have also benefited from specialized sites.