In The News: Online Dating with Autism (The Atlantic)

In The News: Online Dating with Autism (The Atlantic)

Online Dating, on the Autism Spectrum by Rula Al-NasrawiThe Atlantic: Online Dating, on the Autism Spectrum by Rula Al-Nasrawi


“For many, having ASD is like wearing an astronaut’s helmet. You can only get so close to people before you realize you’re blocked by a thick layer of Plexiglass. ASD is more than just a disorder; it’s a state of being permanently misunderstood.” – Rula Al-Nasrawi, author

“I wasn’t born with the skills to be able to go with the flow…It’s important to know that those differences are there.” – David Finch, author of the memoir The Journal of Best Practices

“One of the things that I work on with my online dating clients is trying to break through the stigma of autism by explaining what my client struggles with and what he or she is great at.” – Jeremy Hamburgh

“At the moment I don’t want to reveal that I have Asperger’s because some people who are already on OkCupid will think that ‘this person has a disability.’” – Hussein Al-Nasrawi, 22

“I kind of go through a cycle in my dating life where I will want at one point to date people who are also autistic and be very insistent that my partner is on the spectrum…And other times I take a step back and I say that I want to date somebody who’s not autistic because I kind of enjoy explaining things.” – Leah Granthan, 23

“Hussein knows that because of his brutal honesty, he is often unable to process why anyone else would be dishonest. But building relationships online can be an important way for people on the spectrum to build up to in-person relationships by getting to know someone before anything progresses.” – Rula Al-Nasrawi

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