Autism in Love, a Documentary by Matt Fuller
This amazing documentary outlines the romantic lives of 4 adults living on the Autism Spectrum. An honest portrayal of love, life, and living on the Spectrum, this documentary highlights the successes and struggles of being in love, complete with a range of emotion (confusion, sadness, and deep love).
Since watching this documentary, I have spoken with numerous individuals and asked about their experiences. Almost everyone could see aspects of their family member in one or more of the participants. They could also see their fears for their family members portrayed (“What if my son loves and gets hurt?” – which is actually the fear of parents everywhere). And they could see success and seeds of hope planted for their adolescents who are contemplating relationships.
Interestingly, comments were evenly disbursed regarding the four participants. Some initially wondered if the woman was on the spectrum, an experience that many of my clients have noted over the years (“Why are people wondering about my diagnosis when I FEEL so different?”). Some noted the anger and depression experienced by the younger participant. Some loved the math equation for love (and have since applied the equation to their own lives!). And some felt deeply for the married man.
There are some great moments in this documentary. I cried. A lot. And then I started recommending that my clients and family members watch this documentary. So watch it, share it, and talk about it. This is life on the Spectrum, and it does include love.
If you would like to share your reactions to the documentary, please feel free to contact me. I’d love to hear from you.