Relationships form the backbone of interdependence. A relationship is about connection between two individuals. That connection is what allows us to offer support to each other and, in turn, depend on each other. Relationships allow us to trust others when we need support. Without trust and communication, we would not be able to offer each other resources and skills. Without relationships, we cannot form interdependence.
The below resources are designed to help autistic individuals and their support systems recognize healthy relationships of all kinds.
7 Things to Know About ASD and Sexuality: Obtain a quick overview of important facts about autism and sexuality.
Relationship Guideposts: Learn about a variety of behaviors and signs that will help you to determine if a relationship is healthy, unhealthy, or abusive.
Social Rules for Online Dating: If you’re interested in online dating, but want more information about what to expect and the social rules that others will want you to follow, this document can help guide you.
Supporting Queer Autistic Individuals: This handout was included during the keynote Supporting Queer Autistic Individuals: Applying The Lessons of Universal Design to Gender and Sexuality at the 2022 Minnesota Autism Conference and includes common terms related to gender and sexuality as well as answers to questions and concerns you may have.
Autistic Sexual Bill of Rights and Building Your Own Bill of Rights Worksheet: An overview of the rights every individual has in relationships plus information about determining your own wants and needs in a relationship.
How to Create an Online Dating Profile: First impressions are important when meeting people online and in-person! When someone is dating online, they can create a profile that reflects who they are and allows others to see if they have interests or values in common. Use this worksheet to create an online dating profile that communicates who you are!