They created a dating site for those on the spectrum.
There are tons of different dating sites and apps out there, but none are quite like SpectrumSingles.com, an online community for people with autism started in January of this year. Kristen Fitzpatrick and her daughter Olivia Cantu are both on the autism spectrum themselves, so they understand what it’s like to live with autism and the difficulties that can take place when it comes to forming relationships.
Yes, other dating sites for autistic people do exist—but what makes this one unique is the site’s spectrum compatibility test. After users take the 184-question test, they’re assigned a color and are matched with other users who’ve also been assigned that color. Pretty neat, right? Olivia goes on to explain that SpectrumSingles.com, which is free, can be used to find both platonic and romantic relationships.
“Each one of us are unique,” writes Olivia on the website. “Some of us are introverted, quiet types (I sure am), and some of us are outgoing types. Some of us can tolerate certain environments and some of us cannot. Some of us are verbal and some of us are non-verbal. Some of us are looking for romantic relationships and some of us are just looking for meaningful, long lasting friendships.”
According to a 2014 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the rate of autism has risen to one in 68 births in the U.S., a 123 percent increase in prevalence since 2002.
Given how common autism is—and how much the founders understand about what it’s like living with it—we have a feeling SpectrumSingles.com is going to be super successful.
The buzz around SpectrumSingles.com comes at the perfect time, too, with April being Autism Awareness Month. Want to get involved and make a difference yourself? Visit autismspeaks.org to find out about local events and initiatives taking place this month.