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Car Wash’s Birthday Is Worth a Celebration

Apr 25, 2014
This article is part of a series about News & Trends.

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.

This article is part of a series about News & Trends.
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