” That question of disclosure is incredibly controversial in the blind community.
Telling a potential date too early risks scaring them away before they understand the nuances of the disability. “Should we be telling guys flat-out that we are blind in our profiles? “My stance is no, because then a lot of them scroll by immediately, thinking that I’m going to be a ‘burden.’ I like to let them get to know me a little first, but tell them before we go on our first date.” Jolliff says she usually looks for an opening — for example, if someone mentions something about driving — and peppers it with humor.
Tinder’s vice president of global communications branding, Rosette Pambakian, declined to comment for this article, saying she didn’t think it “makes sense” to include Tinder in a story about visually impaired daters.
Rumors circulated in 2015 that Tinder may incorporate video features in people’s profiles, which could help blind daters, but the idea hasn’t come to life yet.
In general, there is limited knowledge and studies on the experiences of dating with a disability.
“We have no advice to give people who want to do online dating who have a disability,” says Elizabeth Mazur, associate professor of psychology at Penn State Greater Allegheny.
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