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They also believe their autism-only model eliminates a level of stress that people with invisible disabilities face on traditional dating sites.“Many struggle with questions like: Should I say I am autistic in my profile?Cantu has experienced social difficulties, similar to those her mother described, that have negatively impacted some of her relationships.That's why the Santa Clarita, California-based mother-daughter duo launched Spectrum Singles, a dating and social media site "created BY people on the spectrum FOR people on the spectrum," in January.The autism spectrum includes people with a vast range of abilities and disabilities.What one person with autism struggles with doesn't necessarily hold true for another.
Jacobs, now 33, was diagnosed with autism three years ago.
The SCT is a 184-question test that asks about social preferences, sensory tolerance or intolerance, and views on sex and physical affection.
Spectrum Singles members are assigned a color based on their results, which matches them to other users -- either for a romantic relationship or a friendship.
“I have been described as ‘painfully shy,’ but it is really what has been called ‘selective mutism,’" she said.
"I literally lose the ability to speak in some social situations.