What happens when children with autism become adults with autism and want to have lives, including romantic relationships, of their own? The new documentary Autism in Love deftly humanizes those who fall on the autism spectrum, following four individuals — a socially isolated young man, a couple in their 30s working through the challenges of long-term commitment, and a middle-aged man whose wife is gravely ill — as they pursue or manage romance.
The film is screened as part of the PBS-backed Indie Lens Pop-Up community cinema initiative. A discussion follows; panelists include representatives from the Kansas City chapter of the advocacy organization Autism Speaks.
Co-presented by KCPT-TV and the University of Missouri-Kansas City.