Autism diagnosis rates have increased dramatically over the last two decades (the latest CDC reports show one in 50 children are diagnosed), and while much attention has been paid to early-intervention programs for toddlers and younger children, teens and adults with autism have largely been overlooked—especially when it comes to building romantic relationships.
Certain characteristics associated with the autism spectrum inherently go against typical dating norms.
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Do any of us remain adults when we enter the dating arena? When we go online we are looking for reflections of ourselves; we are looking to see what we reflect back.
I said I want a relationship, is my profile so secretly needy that Mr. Or in my case, how come I only attract guys from Berkeley who like Bill Maher and NPR and think that makes them seem smart as opposed to cliched? The Alec Baldwin lookalike still wasn’t over his ex and thought I needed to bathe in his pain. The rich artist still wasn’t over his mother and had unresolved anger issues he thought I would’t notice were toxic. Or the environmentalist’s life was so disorganized there wasn’t even room for him in it. I no longer have true love, but I’ve found a relationship that’s often fun and, thanks to him, I’ve discovered Aimee Mann and Wilco and beaches and….’nuff said.
Or like so many men I’ve met, my prospect might be a nice fellow, but all the fruitless searching and resulting loneliness have left him with a patina of disillusionment; he has lots of crazy dating stories but a famished soul. I’ve dipped my foot into the polluted waters, but remain essentially alone.
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