The aspects of autism that can make everyday life challenging—reading social cues, understanding another's perspectives, making small talk and exchanging niceties—can be seriously magnified when it comes to dating.Though the American Psychiatric Association defines autism as a spectrum disorder—some people do not speak at all and have disabilities that make traditional relationships (let alone romantic ones) largely unfeasible, but there are also many who are on the "high-functioning" end and do have a clear desire for dating and romance.The way to Paulette's heart is through her Outlook calendar.
An exclusive dating site for those on the autism spectrum is not entirely a new concept.
However, the creators of the recently-launched Spectrum claim their site to be unique.
Tried of the sites run by non-autistic people, she and her mother decided to design a more appropriate website catering to the specific needs of different autistic individuals.
The website has caught public attention as it has been created by autistic individuals and for autistic individuals.
Since its inception, the site has been receiving an overwhelming number of membership requests.
People from all walks of life have appreciated the effort put by the mother-daughter duo.
Cantu said most of the dating sites for autistic individuals do not try to understand the personality of its member, which is crucial to find a friend or partner.
Being autistic themselves, Cantu and Fitzpatrick understand the ordeal of social interactions, particularly with non-autistic people.
Shinjini Datta Hi, I am Shinjini, a professional web journalist from the Asian School of Journalism. S and my passion includes watching movies, going out with friends and reading. I have been writing at DW Autism for about a year now and cover specialised topics around Autism Advocacy and Technology and Research developments that can help the spectrum people.