A Vision Australia pilot program is hoping to provide dating support to the vision impaired. The Table for One program will bring together anyone looking for tips and advice on how to navigate the dating world without full sight.
Sarah Taylor is a single mother of two, who is dating again after her marriage broke down.
Ms Taylor says times have certainly changed since she was last on the dating scene.
"It was somewhat overwhelming, but it is possible. I think it's been educational"
Ms Taylor has low-vision, and says that some of the modern advancements in dating have proven to be a blessing.
"Previously, I wouldn't be able to see anybody until I got close enough to kiss them. So, now, with apps and photos, you can kind of zoom in and have a look at somebody up close, before you make that decision."
"Self confidence is a big one. Just being comfortable in yourself will translate across. Skilling up and being confident in your ability, I think really helps you put your best foot forward. Things like that."
"There are a lot of challenges with getting ready to consider dating, and when you add vision impairment to that, the challenges increase. And so, I've spoken to many people who really want the opportunity to connect with others who are also in a similar situation, as it relates to feeling confident about stepping into that dating arena, and just want to talk to others about how they're doing it."
"People will come together for one hour in a facilitated discussion, to talk about the challenges that they're having around building that confidence, around some of the challenges that they've anticipated, or some of the challenges they've had in the past. Together as a group, discussions will be had around the successes that people have had, and where challenges exist, folks will share tips and strategies for how they might've overcome those challenges."
"Absolutely. I think when you're self accepting of your circumstances and everything, I think that translates to cost of confidence, absolutely yes."