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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Flower Power!!!

Last night I found out about this amazing company called Roses for Autism. Below is their story. Talk about empowering individuals with ASD! This company embodies what we would all want for our loved ones: to learn and obtain a useful skill that will allow them to be a real part of the workplace and a valued member of society. I highly recommend that if you are planning to buy flowers, especially this Mother's Day, you consider purchasing from this organization. Charity can be a handout, like "giving someone a fish." These guys are "teaching them to fish."

Jim Lyman and son Eli

Roses for Autism was the inspiration of a father of a teen with autism. Like many parents of children with disabilities, Jim Lyman dreamt of a future where his son, Eli, would have a meaningful job and continued opportunities to grow as an individual. 

Through his work in agriculture Jim knew that local farmers were struggling to find qualified workers to keep their businesses alive. He had the vision to see a perfect opportunity for an innovative program that would meet the needs of both the autism and agricultural communities. 

Roses for Autism not only provides individuals on the autism spectrum the chance to learn the skills necessary to maintain meaningful employment, but also serves as a model that can be replicated nationwide to develop unique opportunities for them as a whole new competitive workforce. 

Started in 2009, Roses for Autism is the first business endeavor for Growing Possibilities, a nonprofit social enterprise founded by Ability Beyond Disability that is dedicated to growing independence in the business world for individuals with Autism and other disabilities.

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