Amy Harmon’s “Navigating Love and Autism”
I can't gush enough about today's page one story by Amy Harmon in The New York Times.
As part of her continuing series, Love on the Spectrum, Amy follows a college couple who are emblematic of the relationship and intimacy challenges of young adults with Asperger syndrome or other forms of autism. I thought that CENtral Science readers would be interested in both Kirsten Lindsmith and Jack Robison, the latter having an intense interest and facility in chemistry.
The article leads with a warm and well-edited, five-minute video of the couple (by Sean Patrick Farrell) but I'd encourage you to read the whole piece first, as I did. But when you do watch it, pay attention to Kirsten's closing statement on the definition of love.
I left the story seeing glimpses of myself and my own relationships, although I've not been diagnosed with any spectrum syndromes. In fact, I'd venture to say that many readers here might see some commonalities with Kirsten and Jack. I absolutely loved these two kids and seeing the video has me cheering that they do indeed successfully navigate the challenges we all face between our scientific passions and personal relationships.
While Harmon's article isn't open to comments at the NYT, I'd welcome any thoughts here that folks might have after reading her brilliant piece.
Harmon, Amy. Navigating Love and Autism. The New York Times, 26 December 2011.
Amy Harmon @amy_harmon
Sean Patrick Farrell @spatrickfarrell
Jack Robison and Kirsten Lindsmith. Credit: Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times