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Adult with Autism Finds Success Weaving Rugs

July 07, 2014

(July 7, 2014) -- Billy DeMink, a 21-year-old with autism, has turned one of his hobbies into a career in weaving. Billy, who was diagnosed with autism at 2, was introduced to weaving in school at 18. With the help of his family, they started the "Weaving Hope," where Billy weaves colorful woven rugs which the family then sells. 

Billy's mother says of the success Billy has had in the project, "This helps show parents that there is hope and possibilities. You might have to create them yourself and you might have to look for the talents that they have and then make a job out of it, but there are some great possibilities."

With the help of his mother, Billy wove 140 rugs for families in New Jersey who lost their homes to Superstorm Sandy. His mother hopes that one day she will be able to open a store for him to sell his rugs full-time.