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This carwash thrives by hiring employees with Autism

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posted on Feb, 25 2015 @ 12:25 AM
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I found this rather touching. At first I thought it seemed a little exploitative, but after watching the video I think the owners have very good intentions.

People with Autism get a bad rap. Same with any other person with a mental disorder. I think they have a lot to teach us, and that a society should be judged on how it treats it's weakest member.

The happiness and joy of one young man asking how many cars are forecasted for the weekend makes me smile.



I would certainly use this spot to have my car washed if I lived near. Willing to bet my car would be perfect, and I'm pretty weird about my car.

I don't have much experience with people on the Autism spectrum, but from what little I know they are quite amazing people.

I can't imagine what it would be like to feel things and not be able to express them. Or to always feel I just didn't quite "get it".

I was rather shocked by the unemployment number of people on the spectrum. I feel like they would love to have a sense of purpose, be able to contribute to society, and also be very beneficial to companies.




posted on Feb, 25 2015 @ 12:34 AM
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If this was in my area, I would only wash my car at this carwash. Not only would they probably do a fantastic job it would help to support the mission of this business, which is a wonderful thing.

I would flag this a thousand times, but I don't think I have enough post yet.

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posted on Feb, 25 2015 @ 12:36 AM
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Lots of times lots of folks need nothing more than a simple chance. That's it. Just a chance to show what they can do and it's sad that so many are denied that chance based on (95% of the time....) ASSumptions.

Thanks for sharing this Domo. It made me smile.


Most everyone likes to feel needed in some small way and doing things like this can give folks a feeling of pride that they would otherwise be denied.

How utterly awesome...



posted on Feb, 25 2015 @ 12:51 AM
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I managed a car wash for about a year. Far and away the best employee was a mentally challenged man.
He communicated in two word sentences, but he was aware of every minute detail of the operation.
If there was a mechanical problem, he would catch it and point it out before anyone else noticed.
He was strong as a freakin' ox...he could move 50 gallon barrels full of soap and wax with his bare hands.
His favorite thing was to put on his clown suit and go stand by the road dancing and holding a sign on slow days.
I saw to it that he got fat bonus pay and all the free ice cream sandwiches he wanted.
The place closed doors a couple years after I left. I still wonder how that guy is doing. I hope well.



posted on Feb, 25 2015 @ 12:56 AM
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a reply to: Kangaruex4Ewe




Thanks for sharing this Domo. It made me smile.


Oh good. Me too.



posted on Feb, 25 2015 @ 01:06 AM
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a reply to: jackjoedoe

There is a an effort out there to make Autism look not as bad because now something like 1 in 75 get it, where as before it was 1 in 7000

I worked with Autistic people, these people's lives are destroyed mainly by MMR vaccines but other vaccines contribute too



posted on Feb, 25 2015 @ 01:19 AM
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a reply to: skunkape23




I saw to it that he got fat bonus pay and all the free ice cream sandwiches he wanted.


You're good people.

Again, I don't know much about this topic, but from what I think I know, people on the spectrum work their asses off and do an amazing job and deserve bonuses, raises etc.



posted on Feb, 25 2015 @ 01:43 AM
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a reply to: Domo1

Awesome video Domo. I just grabbed another guy I work with to show him as well.

I think they could have people with autism in the back washing and detailing, and people with down syndrome up front greeting and taking the money. I have never met a happier more sociable group of people than those with down syndrome.


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posted on Feb, 25 2015 @ 01:46 AM
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originally posted by: LotToTell2
a reply to: jackjoedoe

There is a an effort out there to make Autism look not as bad because now something like 1 in 75 get it, where as before it was 1 in 7000

I worked with Autistic people, these people's lives are destroyed mainly by MMR vaccines but other vaccines contribute too


There are many other threads discussing and debating that issue.

This isn't one of them

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posted on Feb, 25 2015 @ 01:50 AM
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a reply to: Domo1

That is pretty cool, I watched the video and I like what they are doing there with that car wash. A 90% unemployment rate for autistic people... that is pretty high. And this car wash employs 43 employees, that is so many... (36 with autism).
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posted on Feb, 25 2015 @ 01:53 AM
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originally posted by: LotToTell2
a reply to: jackjoedoe

There is a an effort out there to make Autism look not as bad because now something like 1 in 75 get it, where as before it was 1 in 7000

I worked with Autistic people, these people's lives are destroyed mainly by MMR vaccines but other vaccines contribute too


How does that contribute to this thread, at all?

Thanks for sharing this, OP. It certainly put a smile on my face, and I too would have my car washed there if I lived nearby.



posted on Feb, 25 2015 @ 03:40 AM
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a reply to: LotToTell2

Destroyed? They just have a different life.
It is up to guys in the video to help these guys have a full and complete life.
Sorry I really don't see Autism as really bad thing like I said they just live differently.

Back to the OP.

My place of work provides a massive gardening project and bakery and a textile workshop where the dudes can go and make some money.
They work darn hard and the sense of achievement they get is awesome.
It's just about giving them a chance because so many will not.
Great find domo.



posted on Feb, 25 2015 @ 03:50 AM
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a reply to: boymonkey74

Yes. Destroyed

The people who hold jobs and are autistic very rarely are able to hold more cerebral better paid jobs

And what about those who are so autistic they can't hold any job and live a very disabled life

So yes

DEstroyed as in their lives are destroyed



posted on Feb, 25 2015 @ 04:04 AM
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You know, I'd get all warm & fuzzy about it, but the issues the autistic have with interacting with others is actually what came to mind first. Exactly how does the owner deal with the swings in mood & behavior when someone gets overloaded & flips? Either way, I dunno guys, this seems almost sideshow exploitative, "Come to my carwash, see the handicapped people scrub off your grime!" KWIM?



posted on Feb, 25 2015 @ 04:14 AM
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a reply to: AdmireTheDistance

I thought it was interesting, i had no idea the number of people being diagnosed had risen so much.



posted on Feb, 25 2015 @ 04:20 AM
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a reply to: WilsonWilson

Yes because the definition of autism has increased and so more people are put into the spectrum.



posted on Feb, 25 2015 @ 04:30 AM
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a reply to: boymonkey74

It's an incredibly high number, i hadnt relaised things had got so bad.



posted on Feb, 25 2015 @ 04:30 AM
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Thanks Domo, hold on a moment, I think I have something in my eye. [big tough aussie sheds a happy tear]

My nephew has autism and he is 6 weeks younger than my son - both of whom are 7.

I call him Awesomeus Maximus because he is. I love him dearly and he has taught my son the meaning of compassion.



posted on Feb, 25 2015 @ 04:48 AM
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I don't find this exploitative at all, I think it's great!

I wish there were more places doing this sort of thing. I know the grocery store that I frequent actively employs people with mental disabilities and many of them seem to be really hard workers that actually enjoy their job. We never know what a person is actually capable of until we give them a chance to show us.



posted on Feb, 25 2015 @ 07:34 AM
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What a great undertaking!


I had an apprentice that could not write and had the looks like he was affected by down-syndrom.
He sometimes did embarassing things, like smashing the cantine door open and screaming my name when he sees me, out loud, so everybody would look. At first it was like I wrote, embarassing but after some time I got really good friends with him. I just stopped caring and even replied his name out loud, when I was in the mood. Others probably thought we were both a little bit off. xD He was awkward sometimes and managed to break nearly every single social no-go (invading other peoples private space for example, standing at the toilet talking to you while he just stands there). But hey, this guy was a honest and funny bloke. He was always in good mood, always friendly. And later on, what he did, he did it with compassion. Maybe not as fast as others but if he said he finished, he finished his work with no complains to give. He never lost a tool. I wanted him in my team for the seagul but he declined and "went onto new shores" like he called it. Brave guy.
From all of my coworkers back then, this guy was the one that brought a smile to my face -everytime

These people are special and you need some time to understand that some things just wont go into their head because they are not able to understand. I found this out very quick when I decided to "iron out" some behavior.
So if you take this people for what they are and learn to communicate with them, they flourish and achieve things yourself would struggle with.

Thank god for sending this guy to me so I could make this experience







 
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