For people on the autism spectrum dating is so often an elusive art form, requiring the very skills--in communication, and in social perception--that don't come naturally to them. This book presents strategies for overcoming social skills deficits and sensory issues, to make for relationship success.
Emilia Murry Ramey and Jody John Ramey, both on the spectrum, reflect on their dating experiences and provide recommendations for relationships in both the short- and long-term. Their advice includes how to choose venues for meeting people that are free from discomfiting features; coping with typical experiences in the light of sensory issues such as close proximity with a partner, eye-contact, and physical intimacy; and moving on to extended, committed relationships, co-habiting and continuing to date after marriage.
Thorough, accessible, and very encouraging, this book is a must-read for Autistic people, those who love them, and those who are in love with them.
Emilia Murry Ramey is a visual artist, crafter, dancer, musician, autistic self-advocate and disability advocate, with a bachelor's degree in applied linguistics. She and her husband, Jody, work together on a variety of projects related to dance, disability, Autistic self-advocacy, disability advocacy. In addition, Jody John Ramey is a choreographer, composer, musician, and visual artist. He concentrated his graduate work in disability and the performing arts, specifically, inclusive dance-dance for people with and without disabilities-and has presented Inclusive Dance workshops in many nations, spanning several continents. Emilia and Jody currently reside in Vancouver, USA.