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"Three weeks in, we’re a bustling neighborhood café with 14 employees, 4 without special needs and 10 with various issues of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. The local community is embracing us. And the smiles on my employee’s faces is contagious."

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"When I was diagnosed with autism, I was told that I was intellectually impaired, would never be able to be included with neurotypical kids..."

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Quest Diagnostics has always been committed to a diverse workplace, but in recent years, we have extended that commitment to creating an inclusive workplace.

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As Autism Speaks looks toward solutions for adults with autism in employment, open-sourced information like the Neurodiversity in the Workplace Curriculum by the Arc of Philadelphia is critical to share with our community.

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Gianna Hitsos is a senior at Gordon College majoring in Vocal Music with a Theatre Arts and French Minor. She is a autism self-advocate, and public speaker and singer through the New England area.

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This is a post by Bill Morris, co-founder and CEO of Blue Star Recyclers, a nonprofit social enterprise based in Colorado with the mission of ethically recycling electronics to create local jobs for people with autism and other disabilities.

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I firmly believe that everyone on this planet has a specific purpose and that in order to discover that purpose, you have to go through many life experiences.

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"Unless you have chosen to disclose your autism and/or the employer is an autism-friendly company, then you may want to pay particular attention to how you present yourself, such as your tone of voice (monotone, over-enthusiastic) and expressions that reflect a lack of interest."

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