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Putting Autistic People To Work

Tue, 21 Jan 2014 13:11:09 CST
By: Judy Valente

Putting Autistic People To Work An estimated fifty thousand young adults with autism prepare to enter the workforce each year. But only about ten percent of them will find jobs. Many people with autism are highly intelligent and represent what one business executive calls "a vast untapped human potential." GLT's Judy Valente talks with Julie Calmes, the Bloomington-based managing director of Autonomy Works, a business that hires only people with autism.

   
Autonomy Works currently has contracts with six companies, in Chicago, New York and San Francisco. Julie Calmes says she is working on enlisting two companies here in the twin cities as new clients for her workers with autism. Other autism resources include Autism Speaks and the Autism Society of McLean County.

   

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