The Scoop: Special Bridge gives singles with disabilities the opportunity to go online and create heartfelt friendships and relationships. The niche dating site supports and assists its users as they reach out to people in this compassionate social community. Since its launch, Special Bridge has built trust with its members and has grown by leaps and bounds thanks to its commitment to keeping people safe as they search for love.

In March 2019, Dr. Phil sparked outrage in the disability community when he told an interabled couple, “100 out of 100 relationships that involve caregiving fail.”

The controversial Dr. Phil episode featured the story of a quadriplegic man named Bailey who met his girlfriend, Harley, on a dating app. She’d accepted his disability at the beginning of the relationship, but now she was struggling in her new role as a full-time caregiver. Dr. Phil gave Harley a mandate: Either stop being Bailey’s caregiver or stop being his girlfriend.

The Special Bridge logo

Special Bridge facilitates connections between people with disabilities.

Many interabled couples rushed to Bailey and Harley’s defense and shared their stories on social media under the hashtag #100outof100.

“My husband is my rock,” Denise Persisted wrote on Twitter. “For better or worse. In sickness and health. We mean that.”

Special Bridge, a dating site for people with disabilities, also weighed in, saying, “Here at Special Bridge, we know that true love only sees people for their abilities and can certainly take on the role of caregiver, too!”

People with disabilities can face challenges in the dating scene, but Special Bridge is on a mission to combat that stigma and empower the differently-abled to find meaningful relationships. The dating site aims to bridge the gap between singles with disabilities and inspire a supportive community to come together.

“Special Bridge is for dating and friendships,” said Christopher, a spokesperson for Special Bridge. “You can come here to meet people who are on the same wavelength and understand what it’s like to live with a disability.”

Expanding Its Reach Through Word-of-Mouth

In the last few years, Special Bridge has built a solid reputation in the disability community. Its active social media presence has helped spread the word, but a majority of users connect with the niche dating site through a friend or a friend of a friend. Special Bridge users often recommend the site to others, and the team is proud to see that organic growth because it indicates that people are having an overall good experience online.

“A lot of people know about Special Bridge and are talking about it,” Christopher said. “Now we want to capitalize on the momentum we’re seeing in the brand.”

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Special Bridge shares inspiring quotes and stories to support people in the disability community.

Social media plays a major role in the site’s brand strategy. Special Bridge currently has over 9,000 followers on Facebook, and its Twitter page has over 1,500 likes. Both of these channels offer team members a direct line of communication to their primary audience, and that helps them stay engaged with the needs, interests, and goals of people with disabilities.

By offering words of encouragement on social media, the Special Bridge team can inspire singles and couples not to give up hope and to remember what truly matters in life.

Special Bridge uses its platform to spread the word about love stories between disabled people and to raise awareness about good causes impacting the community.

“You know a friend can show up in the unlikeliest of places,” according to one Special Bridge post. “When you take the time to let those true connections blossom, you may have just found a friend for life. At Special Bridge, we’ve got you in this journey because you’ve always got a place online to find love and friendship within the disability community.”

The Team Has a Strong Commitment to Online Safety

Special Bridge’s top priority is to maintain an authentic and positive community for the disabled. The site recognizes its responsibility to keep its most vulnerable singles safe, and it has promised to promote 100% real profiles and support people who are in the online dating scene for the right reasons.

Any members who question the legitimacy of a Special Bridge profile can report or block that person. The team will then look into the matter and remove any profiles they deem inappropriate or fake.

Special Bridge has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to online harassment, scams, bullying, body shaming, and other harmful behavior.

If necessary, the Special Bridge team will perform background checks on suspicious members and determine if they are who they say they are. The team knows how to spot red flags and identify shady online behavior. Its proactive monitoring system ensures that all its members are genuine and have honest intentions on the site.

Special Bridge offers 24/7 customer support via email, and it also has a helpful FAQs section designed to allay common concerns and troubleshoot potential issues.

“When interacting online, you want to be cautious,” according to Special Bridge’s safety tips. “If you ever feel unsafe or someone threatens you, stop interacting with them and contact our support team immediately.”

Private Forums & Blogs Provide Additional Support

Special Bridge is committed to cultivating a safe and friendly online environment for people with disabilities. The site has many features and perks to make its users feel comfortable.

For one thing, Special Bridge is totally ad-free. The dating site doesn’t have any pop-ups, banners, or messages from third-party sites. All its content is instead geared toward helping singles with disabilities have a great online dating experience.

The Special Bridge blog offers tips to inform and encourage singles along the way. Its most popular articles touch on salient dating and relationship topics, including advice for meeting an online crush in person for the first time.

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Special Bridge’s blog addresses a broad range of personal issues impacting the disabled.

Some of the articles delve into specific issues affecting individuals who are dating someone with cerebral palsy, bipolar disorder, autism, and other disabilities. Readers can search by category or keyword to find articles that speak to their situations.

Special Bridge speaks to a niche audience with compassion, and its blog offers practical solutions to help singles and couples with disabilities move forward and find happiness.

“It’s important to have a dedicated site for people with disabilities,” Christopher said. “For me, it’s a personal mission as much as it is a company mission.”

Special Bridge Builds Lasting Friendships & Relationships

Despite what Dr. Phil said on his show, many interabled couples strengthen their relationships and build intimacy through caregiving. They tackle disabilities as a team and grow into more loving and understanding partners in the process.

Special Bridge is a firm ally to singles and couples who live with disabilities. The site emphasizes that such physical limitations do not make anyone an ounce less worthy of love, care, and devotion.

As a dating site for disabled people, Special Bridge supports singles who may feel out of options in the general dating scene. With every passing month, the dating site builds its reputations, grows its following, and bolsters a community of people who don’t see a disability as a dealbreaker.

“We want Special Bridge to be a place where people can feel safe connecting and getting to know each other,” Christopher said. “We’re active in the disability community, and we’re excited to see it grow.”