Next Page: Love for less [ pagebreak ]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.Y., has lived with schizoaffective disorder, a condition that combines features of schizophrenia and mood disorders (such as depression), since 1992.In 2004, after years of brushing up against the harsh realities of the dating scene, Leftwich founded No Longer Lonely, a dating site that caters to the mentally ill.“I thought to myself, ‘There should be something like this out there, and I was surprised to find there wasnt,” says Leftwich.As one of its first members, he should know: He met his wife, Lynn, at a Date Able Valentines Day party in 1988.“I didnt want to try it,” says Watson, who has moderate cerebral palsy and was working as a national project director for the United Cerebral Palsy Association at the time.“But I probably knew everybody in my community and nobody I knew wanted to date me or vice versa.People would be more trusting and relationships might be more successful.”No Longer Lonely now has 16,000 members and a brand new interface (similar to those of social-networking sites) that allows users to upload poems, art, videos, and blogs.
“He was a good-looking boy, and he could find dates, but when do you tell someone you have a colostomy bag? “Its nice to find someone whos going through what youre going through,” he says.
(Access to the sites full features is available for per year.
Thats substantially cheaper than sites like and e Harmony, which can cost upwards of per month.)“To me, thats 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.
Within her first week on Positive Singles, she went on three dates and has since gone on seven more, which fostered one romantic relationship and a friendship over the past two years.
Shes even rejected a couple dozen guys.“I dont think I would have been able to have 10 dates without the site,” says Lana.