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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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Scott Monette, inspired by his son Matthew, has started a business dedicated to creating employment for people on the spectrum and others with disabilities. In this post, Scott offers up ideas on what you can do to help adults with autism find the jobs that they deserve.

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Nish Parikh, founder and CEO of WebTerm Corporation, the company that worked with Autism Speaks to develop TheSpectrumCareers.com, shares what a positive impact the online jobs portal has had on workers with autism.

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"Everyday, I'm learning that there is nothing wrong with me saying to someone that I need to do things differently because I'm autistic."

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"Around 80-90% of adults with autism today are unemployed or underemployed. Children with autism will grow up to be adults with autism and I cannot emphasize enough the importance of helping them find meaningful employment opportunities when that transition happens."

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