Group: Adults with autism need jobs
Advocates for adults with autism raised awareness and money for the cause today in Purchase.
The event was put on by the nonprofit organization "Yes She Can" and was held at Reid Castle on the Manhattanville College campus.
Organizers say people with autism just want to be treated like everybody else. "Most people with autism would like to be part of the community, and one of the things about being part of the community is having a job. Eighty percent of people with autism are out of the workforce. They are very capable, but haven't been given [the] right tools to prepare themselves to work," says Marjorie Madfis, of "Yes She Can."
Each table at the awards ceremony featured an "American Girl" doll. The dolls were refurbished by girls in a special autism work program.