Accessibility December 30, 2019
#PopularOnNewzHook – 2 new marriage sites aim to find life partners for deaf people
As 2019 comes to a close we bring you some of the stories that touched a special chord with our readers. Two of them were on matrimonial websites for the deaf community, India Deaf Matrimonial and Match4Deaf.
Finding a life partner that completes you is a wish many people have. When you are disabled, that can seem especially challenging. The India Deaf Matrimonial (IDM) website is out to change that for the deaf community.
Finding life partners hard for disabled
IDM is the brainchild of two Mumbai men, Sandeep Aggarwal and Vinay Gehlot, who are born deaf. Sandeep and Vinay experienced first-hand how challenging it is for deaf people to find life partners due to communication and social barriers. This led them to come together and launch IDM.
There was no dedicated platform to enable deaf people to meet prospective life partners. Families had no idea where to look for a suitable match for their deaf children. That led us to think of the website. – Vinay Gehlot, General Manager, India Deaf Matrimonial
Technology has grown over the years and we want to use it to benefit deaf people, adds Sandeep. “We make sure genuine people access the site and have a strict verification system to ensure privacy and security”.
The IDM portal provides a safe and secure experience to users. The website has profiles of candidates, chat options, and offers photo protection for users looking for brides or grooms. The site is open to deaf people around the world.
Parents of deaf girls and boys worry about their marriages, says Nizamuddin, who is deaf. “It is not easy to find a suitable match, something that IDM can help with”.
Mainstream marriage sites inaccessible for disabled
A similar venture Match4Deaf, launched by Anuj Dargar, is for deaf people in India. Anuj says this is needed as mainstream matrimonial websites are inaccessible.
“My parents asked me to find a girl to marry and I applied on Shaadi.com and some other sites”, says Anuj. “They had no clear mention of disability and charged a high premium package.”
Anuj wants to offer a platform to deaf people to find their partners easily. The great thing about Match4Deaf is that its inclusive in every way. “The services are for everyone across religion and caste. We are open to all”.
Registration on Match4Deaf is absolutely free and if the response is good, Anuj plus to reach out to people across disability types. Those signing up for Match4Deaf have to enter basic information about themselves including height, weight and profession. There’s also a small box given where people can mention their interests.
These websites could play an important role given the enormous gaps that exist when it comes to such services for people with disabilities.
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