Apergers and dating
Particularly acute in people diagnosed, Asperger’s symptoms can be “prominent in so many other people,” Mead notes.“The most off-base stereotype about people with Asperger’s syndrome is that we’re stupid socially and we can’t read a lot of social cues.”He says he’s sometimes blind to certain indicators like eye contact or crossed arms, but research backs up his argument, with studies highlighting the wealth of empathy many Asperger’s “sufferers” possess.“Another stereotype is that we’re all nerds.There is some truth to that; we are extremely smart, and many people with Asperger’s are very, very brilliant,” he says, eyes twinkling as his mouth moves from smirk to full-blown smile.“Still, it’s nice for us to look someone else in the eyes, and see them looking back.”The campers Diagnosed at 17, Durham works as an office administrator in Burlington, collects salt and pepper shakers, likes to cook shrimp scampi and describes herself as “a huge theatre geek.” She “loved” Kinky Boots. I just haven’t had the guts to do it.”Benny Lai, 37Lai, who was diagnosed only recently, works at his family’s sheet metal business and loves the Raptors — evidenced by the bold purple T-shirt he sports at the dating day camp.I also got the courage to ask out a girl for the first time in my life,” he says.
Laughing about his former nickname, Michael Jackson — earned in high school due to his “groovy hair” — Mead reveals his casually precise memory.”Facing the group stands Evan Mead, flanked by several “sexperts.” A wiry, quick-eyed 24-year-old, Mead is a man with a plan.Diagnosed with Asperger’s at age 5, he now wants to help teens and adults on the autism spectrum get comfortable with romantic relationships, intimacy and “just hanging out” via a “dating day camp.”“Forget Asperger’s, dating is awkward for a lot of people,” says Mead, his deliberate tone gusting calm into an uncertain room.Wenn du auf unsere Website klickst oder hier navigierst, stimmst du der Erfassung von Informationen durch Cookies auf und außerhalb von Facebook zu.
Weitere Informationen zu unseren Cookies und dazu, wie du die Kontrolle darüber behältst, findest du hier: Cookie-Richtlinie.A group of strangers sits semi-circled in a downtown condo common room. The young men and women here all have Asperger’s.“I’ve never had a date in my life,” says Tori Durham, 34.