Learning disability charity Mencap is calling for dating website OkCupid to remove a deeply offensive question and apologise to people with a learning disability for the offence caused.

As part of its screening process, OkCupid asks users “would the world be a better place if people with a low IQs were not allowed to reproduce?” This question is offensive towards people with a learning disability and others. Many people with a learning disability can and want to lead a life like anyone else including having a family, but face barriers including negative public attitudes.

Amy Clarke, a Mencap spokesperson, who has a learning disability, said: “I am very upset that OkCupid could ask a question about whether people with a learning disability should be allowed to have children. This is not ok. It is shocking and offensive. As by asking the question, they are making it seem like it is ok to say yes which it is not. If they had asked the same question about people of different races or sexuality there would be outrage and it should be the same for people with a learning disability.

“I am not sure if I want to have children, but I do want to find someone to settle down with. I am single and I know dating can be difficult, so it does not help when dating websites ask offensive questions. It makes me worried to use them. I think OkCupid should apologise immediately for this and remove it from their website. ”

Ciara Lawrence, a Mencap campaigner who also has a learning disability, has started an online petition against OkCupid’s question at: www.change.org/p/mike-maxim-tell-okcupid-that-discrimination-is-not-ok-nookcupid.Read the full article from Learning Disability Today here