Sexuality and intimate relationships among people with autism are subjects that seem to be rarely discussed by health professionals. Yet, research shows that many people on the autism spectrum often do not identify with heteronormative and traditional values when it comes to intimate and sexual relationships. It seems odd that more academic research and professional discussion are unavailable on these subjects. Such work would support autistic people in having healthy and meaningful intimate relationships, particularly as their condition affects how they relate to and interact with other people.
Sadly, I have come to suspect that one of the main reasons why we do not have more information on these subjects is because of the prejudice, discrimination, and stigmatization that continues to permeate how many professionals work with autistic adults and young people. Talking about issues relating to sex and intimacy is still taboo in many societies, but particularly when talking about people with disabilities, whether they be physical, mental, or neurological.