Dating with disabled people in russia
My brother, Hussein Al-Nasrawi, sits in his bedroom with his Mac Book in his lap, clicking away on the keyboard. As he stares at his computer screen, he never cracks a smile; in fact, he doesn't smile very much in general.He logs onto the dating site Ok Cupid and begins answering some questions.“What are you looking for?” the site asks.“Someone to go out with,” he says to himself as he types each letter with undivided concentration.“How do you feel about falling in love? Hussein lives in the Bay Area and recently decided to join the more than 40 million people who are plugged into online dating.”“I like to just let it happen.”Hussein knows everything there is to know about Disney. Online dating can be an easier route for those who have trouble initiating conversation.He can hear a song on the radio and play it note for note on the piano. For people with Autism Spectrum Disorder, it’s an alternative to picking up people at bars or parties and risking potential in-person rejection.Garry Burge is 41, lives with his parents in Brisbane, Australia, and was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder in 1998.Over the years, he’s tried dating sites like the Canada-based Lava Life and Australia’s RSVP, but he found his most recent long-term relationship on Facebook.“In 2008, I met a female on the autism spectrum in the United States,” Burge says.“That became sort of a long distance relationship for a while, and that collapsed due to the immigration difficulties.”Despite having some success in online dating, Burge isn’t optimistic about finding a partner.“I’ve got to the stage where I just find the whole concept of dating and relationships is just simply overwhelming,” Burge says.
After a few hours of setting up his dating profile, Hussein shuts his computer and gets ready for bed, leaving his door slightly open.
Even at 22, the dark still makes him anxious.* * *Hussein’s strict criteria becomes apparent with each question he answers.