Dating sites for adults with autism
irsten Fitzpatrick doesn't know when her husband is mad, sad, frustrated or irritated unless he specifically says so.
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.
"Because we all are autistic on the site, we can easily share each other's experiences that we may have difficulty expressing to non-autistics," Cantu told Buzz Feed News.
Both Cantu and her mother, who is still married to her dad, have Spectrum Singles accounts of their own, but are only "there for friendship." The stars and writers of the skits, Michael Mc Creary and Olivia Goudreault, are both on the autism spectrum as well.
It is common and natural for people with autism and other developmental disabilities to seek companionship; however, they often experience problems due to difficulties communicating with others and recognizing non-verbal cues.
For parents and other family members, their loved ones’ safety is a common concern.
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.
Cantu researched autistic communities online, but was disappointed by how many of them were made by non-autistics.
"These sites either portrayed autism in a negative light, or grouped us together without showing that each of us is different," she told Buzz Feed News.
In past relationships, partners described Fitzpatrick as "weird," "eccentric" and "intense," she recalls, which led her to be constantly anxious in social situations.
"I was aware that I was 'different' and was made to feel ashamed because of it," she told The Huffington Post.