Dating autistic girl
Farah (not her real name) quickly added him back, and they began chatting.Like my brother, she had distinct quirks, repeating odd phrases in rhythm like a metronome.But neither religion nor cultural differences mattered right now. Randy did not mention Farah to anyone in our family: not our mother, who lived a 45-minute drive away; not our father and stepmother in Allentown, Pennsylvania; not me across the country in Los Angeles.The next day my brother's caretaker, Ralph, let himself in for a scheduled visit and walked in on the two of them in bed, catching all parties involved off guard.The aides also helped carry out necessary functions of the day: maintaining personal hygiene—showering, shaving, deodorant application—and taking him on errands because he cannot drive.Soon after, Farah surprised my brother with a plan to visit Florida for a weeklong stay.Randy was told that he could not have a guest stay for an extended period, which struck him as absurd. The boy she'd protected so carefully since before he was born had vanished.
She was plump and charismatic, a safety controller for a Malaysian airline. his time—at first he'd be startled from sleep but was soon enough waiting expectantly by his computer for the ring—and they would talk for hours on Skype about everything: theme parks, Asian cuisine, sports, and romance.
The typical age of onset is three years old, sometimes younger. Communication has always been one of his hardest struggles, and meeting someone he could truly connect with was like coming across a match burning brightly in the darkness.
After three months of daily conversations, Farah broached a dream she'd been keeping inside: She wanted to birth their child.
My brother thought this was a beautiful idea—he'd always wanted a family of his own, a wife and children to care for.
Never mind the impracticality: he lived in an assisted-living facility where he was monitored by private care managers who made sure he took his medications—Zoloft and Concerta for mood stability, anti-rejection eye drops to protect his sight as a result of corneal-transplant surgery in 2013.