My oldest son Alex is almost 22 and he has high-functioning autism. He is a wonderful and bright young man with many gifts, balanced to some degree by social quirkiness and other challenges resulting from his autism. When he graduated from high school, my wife and I decided he was not yet ready for the rigors of college and instead focused on helping him find employment and increasing his independence.

He has been employed for over three years by a global retailer in one of their stores near our home. He works part-time and absolutely loves his job. The store employees have embraced him as one of their own and he has thrived in this supportive environment surrounded by good people who genuinely like and care about him. The store assigned Alex a longtime employee as his coach when he first began his job and this wonderful gentleman (along with other senior team members) ensures that Alex stays on track and receives the proper…

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