Local organization places people with Autism in jobs

Monday is World Autism Awareness Day. It's a day to shine a light on a population of our community that can be overlooked, but a local organization is working to change that.

Posted: Apr 2, 2018 5:57 PM
Updated: Apr 2, 2018 6:00 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Monday is World Autism Awareness Day. It's a day to shine a light on a population of our community that can be overlooked, but a local organization is working to change that.

The Pearl Buck Center finds paying jobs for their clients with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the Eugene and Springfield area.

They said 1.5% of people in Lane County have autism and 7% of their clients have autism. They work with 45 different businesses to find jobs for people.

"There really is a lot of outreach in terms of offering people the opportunity to have a full life, a great life and community engagement in the way that they would like it," said Margaret Theisen, the Executive Director of Pearl Buck Center.

"I like many employees and Debbie, my boss, and I like to work something else if there is enough work and I don't have any engraving orders for me to work on," said Derek Hadley, an employee with Pearl Buck Center.

There are other resources in town for people with autism, including the Bridgeway House and Kind Tree.

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