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Father of Autistic Twins Speaks Out

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For kids who are high functioning, this article speaks to programs that help to match their creativity with possible job careers.

http://www.mlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2016/08/how_to_nurture_the_creative_mi.html

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Paul Horton of Detroit is an advocate for adults on the high-functioning end of the autism spectrum. He administers two Facebook pages: It Doesn’t Always Get Better – For HFAs, to raise awareness of the struggles (and positives) of adults with autism, and The Creative Spectrum, focusing on creativity in the autistic spectrum.

as an entrepreneur, I will sometimes joke “It was my only solution because who would want to hire me?”

With someone with autism, it can also be a logical route.  Perhaps with help and support from friends and family, the path to gainful earnings for our children can come from creating a business custom suited for their talents instead of trying to cookie-cut them into some preexisting role.  For instance, my son Sean’s OCD might make him quite capable of cleaning up an auto mechanic store.  Once he knows where things should go, he would work relentlessly towards that goal.  Let’s hope we can think outside the box and not impose some vocational skills on our kids and a job they’re not particularly suited for as their future.

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/entrepreneurship-answer-autism-24956982?page=3