(San Francisco, CA, Thursday, January 7, 2016) - Finding love can be hard enough for anyone, but for those with an autism spectrum disorder, the challenges may seem overwhelming. The disorder can jeopardize the core characteristics of a successful relationship â€“ communication and social interaction.
Autism in Love offers a warm and stereotype-shattering look at four people as they pursue and manage romantic relationships. Autism in Love premieres on Independent Lens on Monday, January 11, 2016 from 10:00 to 11:00 p.m. ET (check local listings) on PBS.
In recent years the rate of autism spectrum disorder diagnosis has increased at an alarming rate and yet the causes are still unknown. Regardless of the disorderâ€™s origin, what is seldom heard are stories about what happens once these kids who have been diagnosed grow up. What happens after the sleepless nights, years of therapy, special schooling, and exhaustive treatments? What happens when children with autism become adults and want to have lives of their own?
Thirtysomethings Dave and Lindsey have been together for eight years. Both â€śhigh functioningâ€ť and employed, they met at a conference on autism and, through the years, have learned to cope with each otherâ€™s quirks and different ways of communicating. Lindsey and Dave are now contemplating marriage.
Lenny, who lives in Los Angeles with his single mother, constantly struggles to accept that autism will always be part of who he is. The biggest hurdle in his life, the label has made meeting and dating girls seemingly impossible. Stephenâ€™s autism manifests itself in more obvious ways than the others profiled. But his detached affect and monotone speech are no barrier to love. Now in the twilight of his 20-year marriage to Gita, they are faced with the ultimate test of terminal illness.
Director Matt Fuller discovered his passion and talent for storytelling early in life. Autism in Love is his directorial debut; he recently launched The InSight Picture Company.