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Creating Meaningful Jobs for Adults with Autism

As many as 500,000 children with Autism Spectrum Disorder will enter adulthood over the next eight years. Most of the services offered for ASD cater to children with autism, which leaves adults who are on the spectrum to fend for themselves. Since many businesses are hesitant to hire people with the disorder, it can be difficult for adults with ASD to find meaningful employment.

Nonprofit organization Extraordinary Ventures (EV) in Chapel Hill, North Carolina is working to break this trend. EV creates small businesses that are ideal for employing adults with developmental disabilities, including those on the autism spectrum. They started with an event center, which gets rented out for things like bar mitzvoth and weddings, and have subsequently created laundry, cleaning, clerical, and candle-making services.

Van Hatchell, Managing Director at EV, hopes that their organization will break the stigmas and stereotypes behind individuals with ASD, and that EV be able to show other employers the value that those on the spectrum bring to the workforce.

Watch this video to learn more about this incredible endeavor.

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