Dating an autistic man
That's why the Santa Clarita, California-based mother-daughter duo launched Spectrum Singles, a dating and social media site "created BY people on the spectrum FOR people on the spectrum," in January."Many of my nonautistic friends did not understand some of the difficulties I faced with overwhelming sensory environments," Cantu said.She's unable to process the subtle hints or body language cues that indicate how he is feeling at a given moment, so the couple must practice very clear-cut verbal communication.In past relationships, partners described Fitzpatrick as "weird," "eccentric" and "intense," she recalls, which led her to be constantly anxious in social situations.
Cantu has experienced social difficulties, similar to those her mother described, that have negatively impacted some of her relationships."Created by individuals not on the spectrum, I found that these dating sites tended to paint us in a negative light," she said.Cantu was inspired by e Harmony's compatibility test -- which primarily measures personality traits of people who aren't on the spectrum -- to create a questionnaire specifically for people with autism.The ODA monitors enquiry and complaint levels and the issues complained about.It can intervene if it sees worrying trends or serious matters of concern. A link to our customer service arrangements is provided here.