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Companies Find Hiring Those on the Spectrum Has Vast Benefits

Article by Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz, Chicago Tribune/TNS | June 15, 2016

Approximately 50,000 individuals with autism graduate from high school every year. More than a third of these 50,000 are not working or attending postsecondary education after graduation. Hart Schaffner Marx, a nearly 130-year-old clothier, is trying to change this by making room at its Des Plaines, Ill. factory for individuals with autism, and hopes to set an example for other companies to follow. With the help of a company called Autism Workforce, the suit manufacturer has retooled everything from its employment applications to the signage on the factory floor to fit how people with autism live and think, rather than expecting them to adapt to the “neurotypical” world. 

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