We all know the feeling. Your palms start to sweat, your mouth gets dry. You obsess about the clothes you should wear and whether or not your hair looks right. A first date is nerve-wracking. Dating is difficult, for everyone.
However, when you struggle with Autism, a condition that impacts the way you relate to other people in even the most basic circumstances, the prospect of meeting someone and going on a date may feel pretty daunting.
Fortunately, there is a new website that may take some of the anxiety out of dating with Autism.
The website, called Spectrum Singles, was designed by a mother and daughter who are both on the Autism spectrum. They want the website to be inclusive of all people with Autism, but still recognize that there are plenty of differences between people on the Autism spectrum.
According to the BuzzFeedNews article, "A Mom and Her Daughter Just Started a Dating Site for People With Autism" by Ema O'Connor, the mother, Kristen Fitzpatrick, said “We wanted to create a website that brought together people on the spectrum for dating and friendships, but also be able to differentiate people’s spectrum traits,” Cantu said, adding that she often saw online communities separating those with Asperger’s and autism, and felt that none were “inviting to everyone.”
The site even offers a spectrum compatibility quiz that helps members of the site find people whose autism impacts their social situations in similar ways. The website may be a resource for therapists to suggest to their patients.
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