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michael-burkeMichael Burke is a man who likes to get thing done. And having chanced his hand at internet dating, the Buderim man reckons there’s gap in the market so this week he launched his own website – datingmyability.com

“There is a clear gap in the market,” the 46-year-old said. “As someone who suffers from mental health issues I found it hard to meet people on regular online dating sites and those I met stopped talking to me when I told them about my disability.

“After having no luck on various dating websites, I went looking for a disabled dating website and found almost everyone one of them required monthly fees, which people on a disability support pension can’t afford.

“So I started my own dating site where people with a disability can meet other people with a disability and everyone knows what is what from the beginning and there is no monthly fee so it is 100% free.”

Michael is confident there is a market for his new website and while he has no grand ambitions to bank a fortune from his latest endeavour, he is hoping to find love and to help others along on the same journey.

“I just want to meet someone who is like-minded and who won’t discriminate because I have a disability,” Michael said. “I have met a lot of people and I am a pretty honest bloke who just likes to be upfront with people.

“I also want to make sure people with a disability have the chance to meet others who understand them and won’t be put off by the idea of being with someone who has a disability.

Michael said the website is open to adults with all forms of disability.

The website, www.datingmyability.com, has been made possible with “a lot of help from overclockers”, an online forum where Michael sourced much of his information and tested the site. Michael has also set up a Go Fund Me page where he hopes to raise $250 for Google ads to help the website thrive and to cover hosting fees.

“The more donations I receive, the more I can advertise the site to people who may benefit from it,” Michael said.

“The more people who join the website, the more the lives of people in the community who have a disability will grow.”

For more information, contact Michael on admin@datingmyability.com

 

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