Over the past five years, several sites -- such as Prescription4love.com, Nolongerlonely.com, and -- have launched to serve the needs of people with conditions ranging from bipolar disorder to Crohn's disease.
Together these sites now boast tens of thousands of members.
All of these can make dating -- often an ego-shattering minefield for those in perfect health -- even trickier.
"On bigger dating sites the competition is tremendous," says Jim Houran, Ph D, a clinical psychologist and columnist for Online Dating Magazine.
"People with disabilities, especially developmental disabilities, are typically behind the eight ball because they haven't had the practice of dating in college or their young adult life," says Watson.
"Many of them never had the puppy love, been broken up with, experienced the fights, or the good stuff." To make up for this lost time, his best bit of advice is to be totally honest.
As one of its first members, he should know: He met his wife, Lynn, at a Date Able Valentine's Day party in 1988.
"I didn't 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.
(Access to the site's full features is available for per year.
That's substantially cheaper than sites like and e Harmony, which can cost upwards of per month.) "To me, that's 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.
"I thought to myself, "There should be something like this out there," and I was surprised to find there wasn't," says Leftwich.