American media company IAC, who own data apps such as Tinder, OkCupid, and PlentyOfFish, are set to release a new dating app specifically targeted at those with mental disabilities.
The new app, SPACKR, features an easy-to-use interface, allowing those suffering with neurological handicaps, such as Down’s syndrome, motor neurone diseases, or xenophobia, to utilise the application. The free-to-use software will be exclusively available to the mentally impaired, upon demonstration of a valid handicap or intellectual deficit. Users can simply glide over potential partners and can declare their affection of one another by pressing a big-pink heart. Users are also not required to enter any interesting or personal information, simplifying the process further.
Jeremy Latimer, who has overseen SPACKR’s development, explained the benefits of the app, and the reasons for its development.
”As an autism sufferer myself, I often found other dating apps particularly frustrating and challenging to use. Furthermore, programs such as ‘The Undateables’ highlight the strong desire of those with special needs to fulfil their sexual fantasies, or find romance. SPACKR provides a simple way to facilitate interaction between the mentally disabled, with big icons, limited text and predominantly imaged-based. Basically Tinder.’’
Various disabled-action groups, such as SCOPE and UKIP Youth have been generally supportive of the development, although some think the app is too simple and insults the intelligence of those it is intended for.
If you think the app will be beneficial to you or a friend, it will be available for download on February 27th from both Apple and Android stores.