I'm Neil and am registered blind. Not sure if what you're asking is int the remit of RNIB to create a website for you? But would be very interesting to hear your own experiences of dating or meeting people if you are blind or partially sighted.
Like do you get out and about to different activities, do you manage to travel around a lot? What interests you if you're blind or partially sighted?
Yes, I'm a very independent visually impaired person I do get out and about a lot I love traveling, swimming, I also enjoy musicals and the theatre.
Unfortunately, the problem many visually impaired have is meeting new people in the same situation although I have sighted friends which is always much easier to meet.
This is why I would love to put my idea into practice so we have a platform to have the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends whether visually impaired or sighted. But I do think there could be a lot of potential pitfalls.
Like from my experience different visually impaired people are on different stages of their sight loss journey. For example, some are much more mobile and confident at getting trains, buses and taxis outside of their immediate local area than others. Others depending on level of sight may prefer to have guidance at all times.
Plus if blind only wish to date blind the spread of different blind people across the country must vary a. And added to that what if you don't really want to relocate from where you have got used to living for years for whatever reason? So, many considerations compared to being fully sighted or not having any other disabilities with sight loss. There are other pitfalls too, such as safeguarding those who are more vulnerable.
However most of the pitfalls are either those which are already present without the website as I mentioned before or they're pitfalls which any other kind of dating website would have. So I say "Go for it"! Look at the pitfalls, because then you can build a site which also gives advice on dating and visual impairment, and looks at other ways of providing support or signposting support from others to those who are looking at dating whilst visually impaired. Thank you for the support however, I'd like to add that yes, visually impaired people do face a number of problems but also the sighted world also have their own issues.
The most important is that we as visually impaired try to live as normal as possible and face our difficulties with strength and confidence so others can learn from us. I really hope that my idea of the website is completed by finding someone who can support.
I still do not know if the RNIB are going to help with this. If anyone out there have any idea of how to start this or may be could help with anything please write on this board. I hope I haven't given any offence here.
I certainly didn't mean to. I was responding to what Neil S said and acknowledging that while there are some problems specific to loss of sight or at least specific to the loss of a sense or an ability that someone once had and has now lost, particularly close to the time of that loss that these are better seen as areas for support and advice than as a reason not to continue. I was also pointing out to him that most problems were problems that other dating sites not specifically set up for the visually impaired would have to take into consideration Safeguarding of all members' contact details, safeguarding in any case where the user may be particularly vulnerable or currently in a vulnerable situation.
I have been partially sighted myself since and lost all sight in my left eye a year later. I was fortunate enough to have someone in my life at the time we are now married , had I not I think I would be at a low ebb. Some of the issues I faced were unconnected to my sight loss and some were connected to it.
Maybe rephrasing would be a better way. Every decent dating agency or website will provide advice and support on dating, confidence building and so on. In view of what Neil S said: It's great that you have someone in your life which I also agree it can be a massive support which many people don't have this because many visually impaired feel isolated especially those who have lost their sight not long ago.
An online dating will help people connect with each other and make friends so it isn't only to find the right Match. I am sure people will use the site for various different reasons however my aim is to help people find that special person in their lives. I have often wondered why there has not been a website like this for VI people, and it is good that you have put this idea forward. I hope you will receive some good feedback from fellow members regarding this, and that your project takes off as i think that there would be interest from a lot of VI people to join such a website.