Netflix’s new documentary series Love on the Spectrum will follow young adults on the autism spectrum as they explore dating, love and relationships and all of the challenges that come with it.
Entertainment Weekly reports that the new reality show will follow seven singles entering into the dating world, armed with help from their families as well as experts who provide practical skills to help navigate the often confusing experience that is modern dating.
The show will also follow the success stories of couples Ruth and Thomas, and Jimmy and Sharnae, whose experiences can provide inspiration to others looking for love.
“What’s the most important thing in life? Many people would answer: LOVE. There is a common misconception that people on the autism spectrum are not interested in relationships or romance,” said Series Director Cian O’Cleary. “From my experience, this simply isn’t true.
“In making television series about disability over the years, I have spoken to many young adults on the autism spectrum as well as families, job coaches, psychologists and autism organizations. One thing really stood out for me [was that] so many people on the spectrum were wanting to find love, but many had never even been on a date in their lives. When you speak to a large number of people whose main desire in life is to have a partner and they haven’t even been on a date, something isn’t right.”
Cian said, as a storyteller, there was an opportunity to “explore this issue by shining a light on the struggles many people on the spectrum face in seeking out meaningful relationships.”
“I hope this series will start conversations, help bring about understanding and acceptance and ultimately inspire people with autism, their families and society at large to find ways to help people on the spectrum find love,” he added.
‘Love on the Spectrum’ arrives on Netflix July 22. Check out the official trailer below!
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