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“I’m also looking for a girl who has good hygiene, and nothing like fake nails or dentures.” says that this “my way or the highway” outlook on life affected his own dating history.
Finch was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome in 2008 by his wife, a speech therapist.“I wasn’t born with the skills to be able to go with the flow,” Finch says.
The social stigma of ASD is something that Hussein and others grapple with regularly.
After a few hours of setting up his dating profile, Hussein shuts his computer and gets ready for bed, leaving his door slightly open.
“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.”* * *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.
“I don’t think there’s any future in that direction for me.”Jeremy Hamburgh is a New York-based dating coach for both neurotypical people and people with disabilities.
He’s a for those who can hardly flirt, and he spends hours hiding behind book shelves and potted plants in bars and restaurants as his clients attempt to initiate conversation, then offers feedback later.
It might give them more of a chance.”When it comes to disclosing her diagnosis, Katz says she’s not embarrassed to tell people.“If people that are functioning pretty well don’t out themselves then people are going to think none of us are functioning very well,” Katz says.
“You can’t always tell if a person is autistic unless you start talking with them; a lot of us are pretty stealth about it.
But we can be a lot more honest about it when we are doing online dating.”She said she doesn't limit herself to dating only on the spectrum, though.“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,” she says.
My brother, Hussein Al-Nasrawi, sits in his bedroom with his Mac Book in his lap, clicking away on the keyboard. As he stares at his computer screen, he never cracks a smile; in fact, he doesn't smile very much in general.
He logs onto the dating site Ok Cupid and begins answering some questions.“What are you looking for?