Tuesday, February 10, 2015

80% Of This Companies Employees Have Autism, Provides Better Business

80% Of This Companies Employees Have Autism, Provides Better Business

A father and son create a car wash to help a part of the unemployed population get a chance on the job scene. John and Tom D’Eri plan to expand their car wash, where 80 percent of the employees have autism. The family  are the origin founders of the company, Rising Tide.  In 2013, John provided employment for Andrew, his other son, who is autistic. Andrew was about to turn 22 around that time.  This is an important age for people with autism as experts say many people with autism face challenges attempting to enter the work force. 
The unemployment rate for people with autism is as high as 90 percent. Resources and employment options for this group are low.  Most are forced to either live at home or in an institution. "What we find in the autism community is that when someone turns 22 and ages out of the school system, there is very little meaningful activity. In the autism community we call that, 'falling off the cliffs,'" Andrew's brother, Tom, told NationSwell. 

As of today, Rising Tide car wash employs 35 people with some form of autism -- some have already been promoted, NBC News reported.   Before starting their business, John and Tom spent two years researching the best job options for those with autism. Interestingly enough, they realized that the car wash was a good fit, as experts in this field explain that autistic people require repetition. 

They wanted people to see that even people with autism can still provide value to communities.  "We view autism as one of our key competitive advantages," Tom told NationSwell. The car wash is expected to expand to three locations by 2016, employing more than 150 workers with autism according to NationSwell. 


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