There's nothing new about the Internet being a connection tool for geographically disconnected niches. But there’s something a little more important about these new services that are attracting thousands of single deaf people seeking companionship and love, experts say.By coincidence, “vice president of romance” Trish Mc Dermott formerly worked as an American Sign Language interpreter, making her well-versed in the issues surrounding deaf culture. While there is no selection criteria where users can identify themselves as deaf, members can mention a desire for deaf partners in their personal description.
There are not many people they can be friends with that are deaf,” he said, particularly if they live outside big cities.
Comfortable with technology The site is run as a second business by Haines, who’s first job is United TTY.com, a firm that sells assistive technologies to the deaf community.
If you find several matches, you can subscribe; if you don’t, you can move on.
“For everyone out there, shopping around makes a lot of sense.” ‘A language minority' Any Web site that helps deaf people find each other — and love — can be extremely important, said Patricia Murphy, director of the disabilities studies program at the University of Toledo.
Mc Dermott said she had no way to know how many personals had been placed by deaf people on Match.com, but a search of the site yielded thousands of entries.