A constant complaint among the individuals interviewed for this piece is the misconception that people with autism can't express love or care for others.
“We can be interested, but have no way to tell if they're interested in us.”Some women with autism may ultimately have an edge in the dating world.
However, both sexes on the spectrum struggle equally with the fear of rejection.
Since so much of dating for adults with autism is trial by error, the risk of mistakes, and often embarrassing ones, is high.
For example, while a "neuro-typical" person might think a bar is great place for a first date, it could be one of the worst spots for someone on the spectrum.
Dorsey Massey, a social worker who helps run dating and social programs for adults with various intellectual disabilities, explained, “If it's a loud, crowded place, an individual on the spectrum may be uncomfortable or distracted.” Sensory issues may also make certain lights and noises especially unpleasant.