Love and romance: Are there ways we can make this easier for autistic people?
by Mona Pereth
One of the hardest things for many autistic people is finding/developing a romantic relationship.
This is something I personally have been relatively successful at, in my own weird way. I've been in a longterm relationship with an autistic man since 2012.
However, some of the autistic community's biggest problems revolve around the difficulties many of us have with finding and developing a romantic relationship. So, as a person committed to building the autistic community, I am interested in possible ways that the community to make the attainment of romantic relationships easier for many of us, not only by teaching dating skills and relationship skills, but also by finding ways that a better-organized autistic community itself could change some of the rules of the game.
Possible ways to help many autistic people find love? -- my first crack at this, written originally in February 2020.
The problems with mainstream dating/courtship -- and can we fix them? -- some further thoughts, as of January 2023.
Various autistic peer-led groups including support groups, career-oriented groups, and hobby-oriented social groups, led or facilitated by members of the Autistic Peer Leadership Group. Our newest group is the Autistic Women's Support & Social Group. All groups currently meet via text-based chat. Some groups will hopefully meet in-person after the COVID crisis is finally over with.
Where to get an ASD evaluation as an adult: This page will be expanded and updated sometime after the COVID crisis is over with.