Monday, November 2, 2009

All Learning Comes to Use

From Sunday's New York Times, a profile of Ellen Zimiles, Chief Executive of Daylight Forensic Advisory in Manhattan, and why her company hires people with autism trained through the YAI Network.

My younger child, Daniel, 13, was born with autism. We knew when he was 2. Although I’ve always worked, my focus was trying to figure out how to help my son. My background in speech pathology turned out to be useful. I realized that nothing you learn in life is for naught — everything will serve you at some point. You just don’t know when.
Several years ago, I decided that if I wanted my son to get a job someday, I had to put my money where my mouth is. Two people with autism now work at our firm. I would tell other executives that hiring people with autism adds exponentially to a company’s culture. You get back more than you give. We recruited these workers through the YAI Network.

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