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Autistics' Guide to Dating: A Book by Autistics, for Autistics and Those Who Love Them or Who Are In Love with Them

by Emilia Murry Ramey and Jody John Ramey Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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Pbk 128 pages
AU$37.99 NZ$39.12
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For people on the autism spectrum dating is so often an elusive art form, requiring the very skills - in communication, in social perception - that don’t come naturally to them. This book presents strategies for overcoming social skills deficits and sensory issues, to make for relationship success.
Emilia Murry Ramey and Jody John Ramey, both on the spectrum, reflect on their dating experiences and provide recommendations for relationships in both the short- and long-term. Their advice includes how to choose venues for meeting people that are free from discomfiting features; coping with typical experiences such as close proximity with a partner, eye-contact, and physical intimacy, in the light of sensory issues; and moving on to extended, committed relationships, co-habiting and continuing to date after marriage.
Thorough, accessible, and very encouraging, this book is a must-read for autistic people, those who love them, and those who are in love with them.

1. Setting the Stage. 2. What are Dating, Courting, and Friendship. 3. Meeting and Greeting. 4. Friendship to Dating. 5. When Should you Adjust your Relationship Status? 6. Encounters With Physical Intimacy. 7. Moving Toward Marriage or Other Types of Long-Term Commitment. Appendix A: Interactive poetry. Appendix B: Perspectives in perspective. References. Index.

A book "by Autistics for Autistics" which presents strategies for overcoming social skills deficits and sensory issues.
Emilia Murry Ramey is a visual artist, crafter, dancer, musician, autistic self-advocate and disability advocate, with a bachelor’s degree in applied linguistics. She and her husband, Jody, work together on a variety of projects related to dance, disability, Autistic self-advocacy, disability advocacy. In addition, Jody John Ramey is a choreographer, composer, musician, and visual artist. He concentrated his graduate work in disability and the performing arts, specifically, inclusive dance—dance for people with and without disabilities—and has presented Inclusive Dance workshops in many nations, spanning several continents. Emilia and Jody currently reside in Vancouver, USA