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Spectrum Designs Provides Gainful Employment to People with Autism

June 18, 2014

Spectrum Designs is a Long Island company committed to enhancing the quality of life of people with autism, who often face barriers to employment. The company was started in 2010 by Stella Spanakos, whose son Nicholas was diagnosed with autism as a toddler and is now 22. Spectrum Designs already employs 30 people, most of whom have autism and hopes to expand to satellite locations in order to provide more opportunities for employment for young adults and adults on the autism spectrum. In 2013, the company doubled its service capacity and tripled its sales, nearing over half a million dollars.

The company was recently featured in a Verizon "Heroes On Our Island" piece on

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The YouTube video below, also from Fios 1 News, features Spectrum Designs as part of an autism awareness piece:

Learn more about Spectrum Designs here!

Check out Autism Speaks employment initiatives, including information about last fall's Small Business Town Hall series, here.