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Love and Autism


love and autism: here come the bride and groom!


Anita and Abraham

Anita Lesko and Abraham Talmage Nielsen are about to be married —
and theirs will be no ordinary wedding.

Anita and Abraham are both on the autism spectrum, as is everyone else involved, from the ring bearer, flower girls and ushers to the master of ceremony, harpist and wedding cake baker. This all-autism wedding will take place during the 2nd annual Love & Autism: A Conference with Heart on the weekend of September 26-27, 2015, at Liberty Station Conference Center in San Diego. The two-day conference will feature world renowned professional speakers and role models in the autism community, including Dr. Stephen Shore, David Finch, Alex Plank, Lindsey Nebeker, Dave Hamrick and more. Love & Autism was founded by Dr. Jenny Palmiotto to be an inspiration and to and bring awareness to the fact that those diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, like everyone else, want to love and be loved.

Abraham can hardly contain his enthusiasm as he looks forward to the special day. “The wedding day is the most uplifting event of my life. My dream of getting married with my beloved fiancée and soulmate Anita has finally come true. I look upon our beautiful wedding as an important milestone for us to celebrate our holy commitment to each other. It is my overwhelming emotional tears that we will embark our journey to an everlasting life. Our fate brought us here not because to commence our successful intimate relationship but also to show that we value our honor. We soulmates are forever in love and Jenny Palmiotto1blessing.”  

“From the cradle to the grave, we need human connection. A marriage is one of those special symbols of how important meaningful partnerships are across our life span. Anita & Abraham found their someone! Their wedding serves as a reminder that  love is essential; whether it be in parent-child relationships, friendship, intimate partnership, siblings, and families.” – Jenny Palmiotto, Founder of the Love & Autism Conference

 Anita, too, is thrilled to be getting married to her true love of course, but the day will be charged with a mix of emotions. “My wedding day, despite being the happiest day of my life, will also be very sad for me. My mom, Rita, won’t be there to see it all happen. Rita was not only my mom, but she was my best friend, my confidant, my total support system, my adviser, and my cheering squad. She, too, had Asperger’s. She knew how much I wished to find that special someone. She always felt it would happen one day.  I, on the other hand, felt it to be literally impossible. In hindsight, I think she too, deep down inside, felt it to be nearly impossible for me to meet that one in a billion who was meant for me, but she never wanted me to feel down, so she kept cheering me on.  In a way, my beloved Abraham is all of those same things Rita was to me, in addition to being my lover and soul mate. The ache in my heart just thinking that Rita won’t be there to see Abraham and I marry brings me to uncontrollable tears. Yet, If it weren’t for her, I wouldn’t be the lovable, incredible person I am today, for I owe that all to her, and her total devotion to me for my whole life.” 

 For more information about Love & Autism or to get tickets to attend the conference and/or the wedding, visit, www.loveandautism.com. To donate to help fund Anita and Abraham’s wedding, visit: https://www.crowdrise.com/firstallautismwedding.