Autistic couple have the world’s first ever ‘all-autism’ wedding
An American couple – 54-year-old Anita Lesko and 28-year-old Abraham Nielsen – have got married in a ceremony where all their guests had a neurological condition.
The couple were first introduced at a meeting being held by a support group, which was managed by Ms Lesko, a friend or Mr Nielsen’s mother.
The pair made the decision to use their own wedding, which was held in San Diego, California, as part of the Love & Autism Conference, to help raise awareness for autism and other conditions.
In an interview with ABC News, Anita Lesko said: “Abraham and I have a mission in life to change the world’s view of autism.
“We wanted to make this public to show that people on the spectrum have the needs for love, relationships, and marriage. We also want to send the message to parents to children on the spectrum that they can have all of this.”
Ms Lesko was only diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at the age of 50, and she said it was a relief to finally receive confirmation – even at that age – of why she felt different to other people.
She said: “When I found out that this was kind of the norm among people on the spectrum, I was relieved that I wasn’t the only person. But I’m still troubled by the fact that this is the way it is.”
“I want people to know that people with autism have real emotions, and that I’m going to cry on my wedding day. We may not tend to show emotions like other people do, but inside, we’re feeling the same thing – sometimes even more.”