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Although we may have difficulties with communication, we still need you to be as open with us as possible to avoid misunderstandings. Sarcasm can sometimes go over our heads and when it does, know that we truly want to understand.

Often a misconception is that people on the spectrum want to only date others who are on the spectrum. We just want to find someone we connect with and can be ourselves with.

Though the American Psychiatric Association defines autism as a spectrum disorder—some people do not speak at all and have disabilities that make traditional relationships (let alone romantic ones) largely unfeasible, but there are also many who are on the "high-functioning" end and do have a clear desire for dating and romance.

Autism diagnosis rates have increased dramatically over the last two decades (the latest CDC reports show one in 50 children are diagnosed), and while much attention has been paid to early-intervention programs for toddlers and younger children, teens and adults with autism have largely been overlooked—especially when it comes to building romantic relationships.

The former Miss America system contestant and University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music-trained opera singer knew she had a different conception of romance than her previous boyfriends had and, for that matter, everyone else.“People tend to think of romance as spur of the moment and exciting,” she told me.In these interviews, we meet Dave and Lindsey, who share their experiences flirting and falling in love.The full film is streaming on the PBS video player until April 10, 2016.The best place to start is to look at what you do each day. Be careful of your workplace, however, as romantic relationships at work are often discouraged, and sometimes even forbidden.One reason for this is that it can create an awkward work environment if one person is not romantically interested in the other or if the relationship doesn’t work out for another reason.