For most people with Asperger’s it’s a day to day challenge to feel safe and understood by neurotypical people.
So she founded Spectrum Singles.com, a dating website for people on the autism spectrum, along with her mom, Kristen Fitzpatrick.Cantu researched autistic communities online, but was disappointed by how many of them were made by non-autistics."These sites either portrayed autism in a negative light, or grouped us together without showing that each of us is different," she told Buzz Feed News."We wanted to create a website that brought together people on the spectrum for dating and friendships, but also be able to differentiate people's spectrum traits," Cantu said, adding that she often saw online communities separating those with Asperger's and autism, and felt that none were "inviting to everyone." Cantu told Buzz Feed News that, contrary to the way the community is often portrayed, everyone on the autism spectrum has different tendencies and preferences."For example, just because someone is on the spectrum, does not mean they have social anxiety," she said.