Mattr: First dating app for people with autism and ADHD launched in London

Jamie Johnston is the founder of Mattr (Supplied)
Jamie Johnston is the founder of Mattr (Supplied)

The first dating app for people with autism and ADHD has been launched in London to help tackle stigma in the neurodivergent community.

Mattr was set up by Jamie Johnston after he was diagnosed with ADHD following the Covid-19 pandemic. The service now has more than 1,000 users in the capital and hopes to expand across the UK.

The app contains a number of features that make the experience more inclusive for neurodivergent people, include replying via video for those who struggle with typing and voice-activated text reading. Users have a maximum of seven potential connections a day.

The most recent data from the Neurodiversity Foundation shows that just 9 per cent of autistic adults are married, while only 32 per cent have a romantic partner.

“People with autism and ADHD are most likely to ghost people, delete apps, ignore messages, avoid small talk and get to the point or be abrupt - it’s no wonder that dating apps are causing users to feel overwhelmed," Mr Johnston told the Standard.

"We want people to connect without any fear of judgement and be their true selves. There are apps for every type of dating, from sobriety to religion to fetish, but none of them are actually talking about mental health."

Mattr is available to download on the App Store and Google Play.