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Young Adults With Autism Seek Out White-Collar Careers For First Time

Oct 02, 2012 -- 3:11 pm

A few weeks ago, Matthew Koenig, 24, was doing data entry for below minimum wage at a supervised employment center for people with disabilities in St. Paul, Minn.

Koenig, who has autism, was happy to have a job in a tough economy, but soon realized the workplace wasn't well suited to him. His co-workers "had too broad of a range of [disabilities]," he said. "Some people had really serious problems."

Moreover, employees were graded using "a time study to measure efficiency," he said, "but the nature of my disability means I lack certain kinds of motor skills, so I can't type as quickly as other people."

A sleep disorder caused Koenig to be late a few times, and since then, "they haven't asked me to come in for a few weeks." He acknowledged that "part of it was my fault," but the combination of a menial job and an abrupt dismissal "made me feel like I'm not worth anything." To read the entire article, please click:

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