Autism dating website
Upon one of our discussions, he said he desires a romantic relationship and painstakingly prepares for dates but often encounters failure.
He’s a for those who can hardly flirt, and he spends hours hiding behind book shelves and potted plants in bars and restaurants as his clients attempt to initiate conversation, then offers feedback later.This guest post is by Autism Speaks staffer Kerry Magro, a motivational speaker, best-selling author, and one of the first TV talk show hosts who’s on the autism spectrum.You can learn more about Kerry on Facebook and Twitter.He can hear a song on the radio and play it note for note on the piano. For people with Autism Spectrum Disorder, it’s an alternative to picking up people at bars or parties and risking potential in-person rejection.Garry Burge is 41, lives with his parents in Brisbane, Australia, and was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder in 1998.My brother, Hussein Al-Nasrawi, sits in his bedroom with his Mac Book in his lap, clicking away on the keyboard. As he stares at his computer screen, he never cracks a smile; in fact, he doesn't smile very much in general.
He logs onto the dating site Ok Cupid and begins answering some questions.“What are you looking for?
Over the years, he’s tried dating sites like the Canada-based Lava Life and Australia’s RSVP, but he found his most recent long-term relationship on Facebook.“In 2008, I met a female on the autism spectrum in the United States,” Burge says.
“That became sort of a long distance relationship for a while, and that collapsed due to the immigration difficulties.”Despite having some success in online dating, Burge isn’t optimistic about finding a partner.“I’ve got to the stage where I just find the whole concept of dating and relationships is just simply overwhelming,” Burge says.
Acceptance in society and being able to function at a normal level is the key to building relationships, dating, marrying and starting a family for adults with autism and adults with Asperger's Syndrome.
The biggest challenge these adults face is that they are perceived as not seeking emotions, love and are categorized as being insensitive.
Often a misconception is that people on the spectrum want to only date others who are on the spectrum. We just want to find someone we connect with and can be ourselves with.