A new dating app is aimed at the 70 million people who identify as being on the autistic spectrum. Launched on Tuesday, Hiki pronounced "hee-KEY" takes its name from the Hawaiian word for "able" and is the brainchild of year-old developer Jamil Karriem. Karriem's cousin lives with autism spectrum disorder ASD and told him he was lonely and afraid he wouldn't be able to find a romantic partner. Karriem, whose girlfriend had just left him, empathized. He didn't. Though Karriem is neurotypical, he knew that he needed people living with autism to bring Hiki to market: One of his two designers is on the spectrum, and Hiki's five-person advisory council includes two people with autism and three educators with more than 30 years experience working with ASDs.
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By Maggie Freleng, Women's eNews. Danielle Sheypuk, a clinical psychologist who is also Ms. Wheelchair New York , said she wishes the sites--which many teens are accessing through special applications on their mobile phones-- had been around when she was a teen. The difficulties with walking and navigating, Sheypuk said, mean disabled teens are less likely to go on dates.
Will she still go out with me when she finds out I live with three roommates? The logic goes that by creating apps for people with health conditions, singles can find like-minded people who get your health challenges. Plus, meeting someone with similar health challenges can be pretty awesome. You already have a huge part of your lives in common. Of course, these apps are not without controversy.
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