Chris Tidmarsh graduated from Hope College with a degree in chemistry and environmental studies. He got a job in environmental research but lost it shortly after and moved back home.
"Clearly, he needed a different path to apply his talents in the world of work," said his mother Jan Pilarski. Chris has autism.
"Nearly all of his peers with autism were chronically unemployed despite having post-secondary degrees," Pilarski wrote recently. “Our world seemed small and bleak. I didn’t have much hope to change the minds of potential employers to help Chris get a job. On the other hand, I saw an opportunity to be entrepreneurial about the staggering 90 percent unemployment rate confronting people with autism.”
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The autistic represent a substantial and underutilized labor source. Of course, humanity represents a substantial and underutilized labor source which does nothing to impair the excitement I feel about articles like these.Or maybe I’m interpreting the article the wrong way and the referenced post-secondary degrees were all in political science or classics.