Apergers and dating updating to 1 1 3
In the building on Queens Quay hosting the session, Mead speaks with fluid confidence and openness about his own struggles with the socially obstructive syndrome.
He scopes his statements broadly, then zooms in to the relevant point.
He was teased about his reticence with other students.“There were times when I’d have to hug my mom for five minutes straight just to go into the classroom.”Social cues came slowly through incidents he filed away in his memory, referencing them as needed like an index.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.They shift in their chairs, smiling tense and attentive, and steal glances across the hardwood floor at each other. Benny Lai, 37, wearing a purple Raptors T-shirt, asks: “Will you help us improve our social skills and learn how to get a date?He’s also partway through shooting a documentary, , to showcase the relationship challenges facing adults with the disorder.Dating can seem like a distant mirage or “a shiny sports car,” prized but perpetually out of reach — “or I guess in today’s case, a Tesla,” says one of his doc subjects onscreen.“Intimacy can be difficult for people like us, because we have a tough time showing our emotions and talking about our emotions,” says another.
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