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Charli’s Insights on the Healthy Relationships, Sexuality, and Autism

Meet Charli Miller, Autism Nova Scotia’s Employment and Transitions Manager, someone who is passionate about creating inclusivity in discussions around relationships and sexuality. Charli also oversees the Healthy Relationships, Sexuality and Autism Program (HRSA). The program teaches people about healthy relationships and sexuality in a way that includes everyone, including those who are or identify as autistic.

In a recent interview with CBC Radio, Charli shed some light on the myth that people on the autism spectrum do not engage in meaningful social and romantic lives.  

“The biggest myth is that sex and relationships are not an aspect of life for autistic individuals. In reality, autistics can live rich and fulfilling social and romantic lives as anyone else,” said Charli.  
However, society often makes assumptions that often exclude autistic individuals, particularly when it comes to sex education, leaving them vulnerable and uninformed.  

Charli’s own journey as a late-diagnosed autistic individual highlights the importance of programs like HRSA. “I struggled with social interaction, relationships—both friendship and romantic,” she revealed. That’s why she wants to help others like her. She wants to make sure everyone has the support and help they need.  

It’s not just about giving out information, though. The HRSA program aims to ensure that everyone feel empowered and included. They know that talking about these things can be hard, especially for families. That’s why they also help parents and caregivers to understand and talk about relationships and feelings.  

Charli’s advocacy and dedication has supported many people in the autism community, inspiring positive change and progress. As we continue to challenge stigma and promote inclusivity, programs like HRSA help to pave the way for a more inclusive and accepting society—one where everyone can live their best lives and feel valued.