Let’s create jobs for those on autism spectrum

A lot is written about the physical toll that COVID-19 takes on a body, the irreparable damage to lungs, hearts and other organs that has killed more than 190,000 Americans and left countless others with long-term disabilities. Less is written about the damage to souls and psyches. Social isolation hit all of us hard, especially during the first few months of the pandemic that forced most people into quarantine.

The lack of companionship, the boredom, the silence, the wretched repetitiveness of waking up to the same four walls and blurred work-life schedules are among the effects of the pandemic that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children.”

Welcome to the world of adults on the autism spectrum.

Kevin Roach, 28, of Ferndale points out some of his sketches hanging in his cubicle at Ford Motor Credit Co. LLC in Dearborn. Roach works with software as a junior technical renewal analyst, but he studied electronic arts for his bachelor’s degree at Wayne State University. He also is one of 17 workers  with autism at Ford Motor Co. who have been hired through the Autism Alliance of Michigan.

Unfortunately, the autism population knows this life of isolation all too well. In Michigan, it is estimated that 90% of adults on the autism spectrum are unemployed. You might ask, “How could that be?” The answer involves a complex, systemic set of issues, but the reality is clear. Given how hard it has been for us to live life socially isolated since mid-March, I ask you: How would you like to do that for the rest of your life?

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