Autistic dating online

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In frustration, Cantu turned to social networking sites to find a friend.

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Nineteen-year-old Cantu and her 37-year-old mother, Kirsten Fitzpatrick, started the website with the aim to fill the gap left by other dating sites.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.An exclusive dating site for those on the autism spectrum is not entirely a new concept.However, the creators of the recently-launched Spectrum claim their site to be unique.

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