Here’s a very thoughtful article by my colleague Karla Hackney published earlier this week in the Oregonian.
Seldom heard are the stories of autistic adults. And rarely do they report the challenges of those who seek companionship. It’s believed that autism blocks the ability to intercommunicate and express feelings in a normal way. These difficulties often relegate those diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to solitude. And yet, like us all, those diagnosed as on the Spectrum deeply wish to love another.
We may think of our own relationships as pertaining to the heart, but for solutions in the field of ASD, research has focused predominantly on the brain.