Originally published on Autostraddle and republished here with their permission. Cracking open the cover to the Lisa Frank unicorn journal from my childhood, I found evidence in the words of my eight-year-old self:. This is the true story of…the day me and Philip the bad Parted secretly. I wanted to marry him when I grew up — Until now.
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Dating Fails on the Autism Spectrum - Everyday Feminism
The way to Paulette's heart is through her Outlook calendar. The former Miss America system contestant and University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music-trained opera singer knew she had a different conception of romance than her previous boyfriends had and, for that matter, everyone else. 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.
'Autism in Love': Dating and Courtship on the Spectrum
When you have an invisible disability, the first challenge is getting other people to believe you — to encourage them to express empathy for someone else. After that, though, you need to learn to listen to how your disability may negatively impact them — that is, to show the very empathy for others that you insist on receiving. That was more than four years ago. When my writing career began in , I never dreamed that I would open up about being on the autism spectrum, much less delve into the vulnerable details of my personal life.
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