JCC MetroWest offers dating/relationship help for people on the spectrum

JCC MetroWest offers dating/relationship help for people on the spectrum

JCC MetroWest’s Looking for Love program invites people on the autism spectrum to join a transformative four-week workshop designed to foster connections, enhance dating skills, and cultivate lasting relationships. The workshop, which will begin on May 14, is for adults between the ages of 21 and 40; it’s about navigating the intricacies of dating and relationships while on the spectrum.

Led by experienced relationship specialists, the program aims to provide valuable insights and tools necessary for successful dating and relationship building. Participants will engage in interactive sessions, including lectures, group discussions, and activities. Topics covered will include communication strategies, understanding sexuality, self-advocacy, dating safety, managing rejection, and conflict resolution techniques.

A highlight of the program is an exclusive evening with Amy Gravino, an autism sexuality advocate and relationship coach from the Center for Adult Autism Services at Rutgers University.

The program culminates in a round of speed dating, offering participants the opportunity to meet potential matches. While participation does not guarantee finding a significant other, it promises a meaningful and enriching experience. Additionally, all program participants will be invited to JCC MetroWest’s annual Summer Soiree event as guests, providing a platform to further connect with like-minded people.

“The Looking for Love program is a unique opportunity for individuals on the autism spectrum to explore dating and relationships in a supportive and understanding environment,” Marisa Cohen, JCC MetroWest’s director of special needs services, said. “Our goal is to empower participants with the skills and confidence needed to navigate the complexities of modern relationships.”

Applications are due by May 7, and successful applicants will be notified after a brief videoconference meeting. A registration fee of $10 is required upon acceptance into the program. Autism Speaks supports the grant for the initiative.

For more information or to apply, call Chrystal Immediato at (973) 530-3507 or email her at cimmediato@jccmwsupports.org.

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