By Jonathan Slack, Market Research & Development Specialist, AHSS
We all want what is best for our children. When they grow up, especially individuals with autism, we hope that they can join society seamlessly. One major obstacle of becoming independent is finding jobs for people with autism.
In an inspirational act of entrepreneurship, Kristy LaCrosse founded her own company called Have a Happy in Naperville and employs her son Austin to help out in all faucets of the business. Austin is now getting real-world experience in the business world, and working for the company has boosted his confidence. As the business expands, LaCrosse wants to employ other autistic individuals as well.
LaCrosse should be applauded for entrepreneurship, but what should other parents do to help their autistic loved ones find job? In the Chicagoland area organizations such as Clearbrook, and Have Dreams help train and connect individuals on the autism spectrum with employers. We hope LaCrosse and her company are successful and that other employers give individuals on the spectrum an opportunity to shine.