Parents create custom jobs for adult kids with autism

September 29, 2013 6:43 AM

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Parents create custom jobs for adult kids with autism

Parents of adult kids with autism are creating jobs that play to their strengths — like starting a T-shirt silk-screening shop if they are artistic, or organic farms if they like to work outdoors.

Lori Ireland and a handful of other parents in Chapel Hill, N.C., had a simple dream: They wanted their teenage children to be able to have jobs someday. Sitting around with nothing productive to do would be unsatisfying and frustrating for their kids, not to mention expensive.

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