Though the commonly discussed perception of autism is that it inhibits verbal displays of affection, director Matt Fuller aims to show that the disorder is not at odds with the act of love — a feeling characterized by empathy and understanding. His first feature-length film, “Autism in Love,” premiered last week at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Fuller spoke with The Huffington Post about his ambitions for making the documentary. “I don’t know the science,” he said. “I don’t know about the disorder’s origin. I do know about the challenges many adults with autism face. I know that they want to love and be loved. And, I know they are capable of having meaningful, romantic relationships.”

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