There are a lot of misconceptions that surround people with autism, especially when it comes to love, marriage, and interpersonal relationships. But this autistic couple is hoping to change those misconceptions with their own beautiful all-autism wedding.
Anita Lesko and Abraham Talmage Nielsen were married September 26 at the Love and Autism Conference in San Diego, with everyone involved in the wedding party self-identifying on the autism spectrum, from ring bearer to the harpist. Anita Lesko, the bride, was asked to be a thought leader at the conference by the conference's founder, Dr. Jenny Palmiotto. With an enthusiastic yes, Lesko brought her own wedding to the event, intersecting aptly with the theme and the community in attendance. With the love and support of a large community of people on the autism spectrum, the couple shared their vows and celebrated with family and conference attendees. Overall, it not only connected new people to each other, but celebrated and brought awareness to autism in a new and loving way.
Both the bride and groom wanted to share their wedding as a message to everyone that people with autism have the same wants, needs and desires as those without autism. And though that love might look different to others on the outside, people with autism cherish, celebrate, and enjoy all these feelings in their own way.
So a happy congratulations to the couple, and here's to more love and support to bridging gaps in the world. For more news on this and related topics, visit the Behavioral Health section of our blog.
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