Highland Park Tech Company Creates Jobs For Adults With Autism

Highland Park Tech Company Creates Jobs For Adults With Autism


GOING UP TO AN HOUR. THIRTY MINUTES ON THE KENNEDY. JOBS FOR ADULTS WITH AUTISM ARE SCARCE AT BEST. BUT A NON-PROFIT IS HELPING MANY ACHIEVE HIGHLY PAID TECH WORK. WORKERS HERE LOOK FOR GLITCHES IN TECHNICAL PRODUCTS BEFORE THEY MAKE THE TO CONSUMERS. OUR JOB IS TO TEST WEBSITES, SOFTWARE AND SMART DEVICES. I AM AT THE CUTTING EDGE OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE SOFTWARE. Reporter: BUT SOMETHING ELSE SETS THEIR HIGH TECH MINDS APART. LIVED QUITE A WHILE BEFORE I WAS AWARE OF WHAT AUTISM WAS AND THAT IT HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH ME. 90% OF THE EMPLOYEES ARE ON THE HIGH PERFORMING END OF THE AUTISM SPECTRUM. I DEAL WITH ANXIETY. Reporter: AND YET — AT THE FINALLY WORKED. Reporter: — HERE THEY THRIVE. THEY HAVE THE LEAST CHANCE TO BE EMPLOYED BECAUSE THE DISABILITY DOESN’T SHOW. Reporter: AFTER RAISING HIS SON ON THE SPECTRUM AT THAT STILL WORKS HERE. HE SAYS THEY HAVE INCREDIBLE ABILITY TO CONCENTRATE ON DETAILS. AND STILL 85% ARE UNEMPLOYED OR UNDER EMPLOYED. HELPING WORKERS STAY FOCUSSED AND SUCCEED BY HAVING COUNSELORS ON STAFF AND SENSORY ROOMS WHERE THEY CAN RELAX IF OVER STIMULATED. STARTING PAY STARTS AT $15 AN HOUR AND CAN RISE QUICKLY TO $25 AN HOUR. NOW 63-YEAR-OLD ALLEN CAN AFFORD TO SHARE A TOWN HOUSE WITH 2 OF HIS COWORKERS. I MANAGED TO LEAVE MY DAD’S PLACE. I WAS ABLE TO LEAVE IT NEST. THIS PLACE GIVES ME HOPE. IN HIGHLAND PARK, CBS2 NEWS. THANK YOU FOR

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