Autistic Couple Finds Love Through Online Dating
Swiping left or right, sending IM messages, or accepting friend requests seems to be the social norm when it comes to dating. People meet online and fall in love all of the time—just like Nico Morales and Latoya Jolly.
What makes Nico and Latoya special is that they both suffer from Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of Autism. The two found one another through a little known online dating website, AutisticDating.net. AutisticDating is the autism’s community’s own version of OKCupid or Match. It’s a place where high-functioning adults with autism can meet others like-minded people and have the opportunity to find love or develop friendships.
A Good Fit
Nico and Latoya are like any other couple and according to family and friends, they’re inseparable. The pair goes on dates, watch movies, and play video games at the arcade. They show public displays of affection by holding hands, sharing sweet kisses, and cuddling up to each other.
The couple also continues to support one another. Both attend college at separate campuses, however, they share with one another about their day. Latoya has expressed her discomfort of talking to people who don’t have autism. However, her relationship with Nico given her the tools necessary to be successful at social interaction.
Love is Everywhere
For adults like Nico and Latoya, a common social misconception is that people like them are incapable of the romance. A recent study shows that a large percentage of adults with high-functioning autism, in fact, desires a romantic relationship.
AutismDating.net offers a safe environment for adults on the spectrum to socially interact with others in that capacity. According to the dating website, they have a “unique screening process for security purposes” in order to protect their clients from unsavory individuals.
Nico shared sweet sentiments about his girlfriend with CNN contributors and said “I honestly don’t know what I did to deserve such an amazing woman like Latoya in my life. But who am I to question a good thing?”
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