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Why My Autistic Son Makes a Great Employee

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Studies estimate 50-75% of autistic adults are unemployed and approximately 85% of autistic college grads are unemployed compared to the national unemployment rate of 4.5%.

Those numbers are staggering. As I watch my son set his alarm, get up on time, fix his breakfast, brush his teeth, comb his hair and be ready to work every day he is scheduled without a single complaint, I not only find those numbers staggering, I find them heartbreaking.

Every one of us, autistic or neurotypical, wants to have a purpose, to be useful and to feel fulfilled. What’s ironic is that many autistic individuals who want to work become very valued employees when someone gives them a chance.

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