"For example, just because someone is on the spectrum, does not mean they have social anxiety," she said.
The test consists of 184 questions about social comfort, attention tendencies, sensory sensitivity, sexual preferences, and many other attributes.
Cantu said they want to maintain a very safe and secure environment, so everything else, such as contact with the members, requires a paid membership.
The cost of a monthly membership is less than , comparable to the price charged 20 years ago!
Not only is Spectrum Singles revolutionary, but it is also extremely safe.
As a members-only website, there are certain features than can and can’t be used depending on your participation and dedication to the website.
After questioning why there wasn’t already something similar to a dating or social media site for people on the autism spectrum, Cantu and Fitzpatrick decided to take matters into their own hands.
Cantu researched autistic communities online, but was disappointed by how many of them were made by non-autistics.When you do become a member, there are more advanced features like private messaging and bookmarking.You are also able to write blogs, add photos and engage in the forums.Fitzpatrick created the algorithm herself, while she and Cantu came up with the questions."Because we all are autistic on the site, we can easily share each other's experiences that we may have difficulty expressing to non-autistics," Cantu told Buzz Feed News.She and her mother, Kirsten Fitzpatrick, also a co-founder, are both on the spectrum themselves, so they add a refreshingly honest and personal touch to the site.Spectrum Singles essentially came about because Cantu and her mother found it difficult to explain to friends and family members who weren’t autistic what issues they were having or why they needed to have some space during times of anxiety.By narrowing the dating field and making unique matches for specific users, meeting a lifelong partner just got much easier.Because it can be so difficult to determine the level of compatibility of a potential friend or partner on the spectrum through methods of conventional social media and online dating services, Spectrum has changed the game for the better.On top of that, there was no dating site that had an individualized system of finding autistic individuals a match based on behavioral characteristics.“Originally we did find dating sites like that, but the problem was a lot of them put people on the autism spectrum in a really negative light,” Cantu said. Those people weren’t on the spectrum, so they didn’t quite understand the audience they were trying to reach out to.” They knew it would be much easier if they could explain their problems and experiences to someone on the same spectrum because they would completely understand.