Monday, August 20, 2012

Autistic Adults Capable of Working Lack Assistance

Ron Wright, of Iowa City, visits the Iowa
Vocational Rehabilitation Services office
in Iowa City.
IOWA CITY -- For more than three months, Ron Wright relied only on state unemployment compensation that was to end in June. It eventually continued with a nine-week extension but at half the amount of his initial jobless pay.
Struggling with autism at the age of 54, Wright, of Iowa City, thought about participating in a medical study that would pay him $3,000. He also has considered taking a college course partially funded by Vocational Rehabilitation Services, a state agency that helps people with disabilities who need jobs. Finding a job is a chore, and he has not had a lot of success.


  1. Greetings,

    I see your website, Developmental Disabilities in the News, picked up a version of a story my news organization published and which was picked up by the Iowa City Press-Citizen.

    I encourage you to link to the original story, which is on our website and is much more comprehensive than the edited versions used by commercial media.

    Ours is a non-profit news organization and the more views we get of our work the better for those wanting to understand issues.

    Here is the link to the original story:

    Lyle Muller, Executive Director-Editor
    Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism
    PO Box 2178
    Iowa City, IA 52244

  2. Lyle - will do so. Thanks and keep up the good work. Journalism need more public affairs reporting.