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.
He’s a for those who can hardly flirt, and he spends hours hiding behind book shelves and potted plants in bars and restaurants as his clients attempt to initiate conversation, then offers feedback later.Some on the spectrum also lack a filter.“The one thing I am concerned about is,” Hussein says, “if I ask a girl something and the girl might get embarrassed.”A few days pass before Hussein is back on the site.“I’m researching girls,” he says, scrolling through rows and rows of women.Finally, he sends a message to a girl who catches his eye. While they are friendly, they show little to no personalization, a common pitfall when fishing for responses.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?ASD is more than just a disorder; it’s a state of being permanently misunderstood.“Many people with autism like rules,” Hamburgh says.