"When we gave them the results there were disappointments, but we felt that even those who left unsatisfied aren't giving up and want to try again," said Steiff."Like all of us, they too want to find love and not lead lonely lives." Your comment was successfully submitted and will be published in accordance with site policy.
"So we decided to create a scaled-down version." Another adjustment the organizers made was offering participants the opportunity to consult with counselors during the event.There were also tip sheets that advised the approximately 15 juice-sipping and cookie-nibbling daters in attendance that "this is not the time to talk about your problems" and that they should show an interest in the people they meet, but not subject them to the third degree.And the MCs prepared participants for disappointment, saying the evening was a valuable exercise in social interaction even if it doesn't lead to long-lasting love.Before planning the evening, Steiff and Pilo participated in an evening of regular speed dating to give themselves ideas for how to adapt the event to suit the unique needs of the participants.One change they instituted was limiting the number of rounds.At the end of the first speed-dating event, most of the participants - a dozen, to be exact - were matched up with someone, meaning that both members of the couple expressed interest in meeting again.The couples received follow-up counseling to prepare for the next date, which they were to arrange independently.Ease of use is a key concern at the website, where members are able to set up profiles and begin scanning the membership for likely partners within minutes.Web wizards at Dating VIP made "discoverability" an inherent part of the site's design, meaning that users encounter new capabilities and features at their own pace.On a first date, for example, they're capable of talking about marriage." Nomi Wenkert, a sex education counselor who works with people with disabilities and oversaw the planning of the event, said it is important to provide a social setting geared toward the needs of people with certain disabilities because in a standard setting, seemingly simple things like the rules of conversation can be difficult for them to grasp."People with social constraints have a hard time understanding dating codes and behavior we take from granted, such as what constitutes too much information," she said.