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Car Wash’s Birthday Is Worth a Celebration

by Apr 25, 2014, 10:21 am ET

a4c962683bdd8ac1350c8fe97bd5d688A Florida car wash is celebrating its one-year-old birthday. Sure, it has stayed in business and tripled its customer base.

But that’s not why it’s news.

The Parkland, Florida, car wash, called “Rising Tide,” has as its main mission to employ people with autism.

The company has more than 30 employees and says it is one of America’s largest employers of autistic people. Unemployment in that group is somewhere around 90 percent.

The founders of Rising Tide each have a relative with autism.

Employers (like SAP) in Denmark, Chicago, and elsewhere have initiatives to employ people with Asperger’s, which is related to autism.

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  • Keith Halperin

    Thanks, Todd. This is good to hear. I’m on the boards of two organizations designed to help with the employment of folks on the Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). One of these trains individuals in SQA, and has a number of successfully placed people working at Salesforce.com. We’re looking for additional SF Bay Area organizations open to either hiring our trained people for pay, and for experience (in the case of non-profit orgs).

    Cheers,

    Keith
    kdhalperin@sbcglobal.net, 415.672.7326

  • toddraphael

    Here’s another organization hiring people with autism – http://www.businessinsider.com/startup-hires-people-on-autism-spectrum-2014-7