Making connections and building confidence: a study of specialist dating agencies for people with intellectual disabilities

McCarthy M, Milne Skillman K, Elson N, Bates C, Forrester-Jones R, Hunt S

Sexuality and Disability 2020, 38, 3—18

Abstract

Dating agencies are a small, but growing sector of social care provision for people with intellectual disabilities. The research reported here is the first to explore, with 10 specialist agencies in the UK, why they were set up, how they operate, the barriers and problems they encounter and their success or otherwise in facilitating relationships for people with intellectual disabilities. A strong case is made for the proliferation of such services.