HOUSTON (FOX 26) - One in 68 children in the U.S. has autism. Those children will eventually grow up and try to enter the workforce. But the reality is the majority of adults on the spectrum are either out of work or underemployed. As FOX 26 anchor Sally MacDonald reports, one group is trying to change that. Social Motion is a non profit in Houston that supports and trains adults with autism so they can hold down meaningful jobs.
Both Parker and Michael have landed dream jobs with Clear Lake Infiniti. Michael processes parts and handles stock. Parker inspects used cars and maintains the customer lounge.
"There are a lot of people who tell you you can’t do it. You can’t let them get into your head. You can do it!” said Parker.
Michael was also thrilled about landing his dream job with Clear Lake Infiniti.
"This is big!," cheers Michael. "Woo! I love it."
General manager Billy Frank says the two have taught employees lessons they wouldn’t have learned from anyone else. Social Motion offers a support system by sending a designated job coach with their clients. Frank is urging more employers to open their eyes and embrace adults with challenges.