Dating service health problems
(Access to the site's full features is available for per year.
That's substantially cheaper than sites like and e Harmony, which can cost upwards of per month.) "To me, that's pressure right there," says Robert Watson, the executive director of the nonprofit dating service Date Able, which caters primarily to those with physical and mild psychiatric handicaps.
Lana, a 38 year-old publicist in Los Angeles, was diagnosed with genital herpes in 1997.
Since then, she has "kind of been hiding" from the dating scene.
For that fee, members get a more personalized experience, as Date Able is more akin to an old-school matchmaking service.
The organization has been responsible for almost 1,000 marriages, according to Watson.
A new breed of dating site has emerged to play cupid for people with chronic diseases and disabilities.
"People with disabilities, especially developmental disabilities, are typically behind the eight ball because they haven't had the practice of dating in college or their young adult life," says Watson.
"Many of them never had the puppy love, been broken up with, experienced the fights, or the good stuff." To make up for this lost time, his best bit of advice is to be totally honest.
Love For Less Niche sites are also a lot less expensive.
Prescription 4 Love, which started charging in May 2009, is .95 per month, while most of the features on No Longer Lonely (including the dating service and chat rooms) are still free.