Lynne had someone to spend Christmas and New Year's with this year. "It's been a long time since I've been with anybody for the holidays," the 50-year-old Albuquerque native said recently."That was different." Many people find dating stressful.Special dating agencies can enable people with learning disabilities to find relationships and broaden their social networks.
But specialised dating agencies can help to provide the support they need to meet new people and find romance.
People with learning disabilities, like everyone else, have a need for affectionate and intimate relationships.
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"I've been single most of my life for that reason," she said.
Elizabeth Barrett, who created the site with a partner in Denver, Colo., said she observed from her work with people with mental illness that those in strong relationships are more likely to thrive. "They tend to stay out of the hospital." Couples in which both partners struggle with mental illness can share their experiences and help keep each other out of trouble.The site — True — was launched last year by an Albuquerque social worker to help people like Lynne find healthy relationships. "The Web site, because it caters to people with mental illness, you go in knowing that up front," Lynne said. You don't feel threatened by what the other person might think." Lynne was married once, briefly.• Click here for FOXNews.com's Personal Technology Center. But relationships were more likely to aggravate her mental problems than improve them.Not only do these beliefs hold people with learning disabilities back from relationships, they also infringe on their human right to privacy and a family life, as outlined in Article 8 of the Human Rights Act 1998.My research explores the views and experiences of women with learning disabilities on sexual relationships and as part of my Ph D I gave them a platform to talk openly about this taboo subject. look how long I will be in my 50s and then 60s and I am thinking I don’t want to be in the same situation … I want somebody to settle down and spend the rest of my life with."I came in contact with quite a few adults with mental illness in jail," she said.