A new study revealed that one in three autistic young adults lack jobs.
The study found these adults have no paid job experience, college or technical schooling nearly seven years after high school graduation.
Tori Saylor was diagnosed with Asperger's several years ago, and now works at a local veterinary Heartland Veterinary Clinic as a veterinary assistant.
Saylor has held her position for five years, and her passion for animals is what got her started.
She said she certainly gave the application process a lot of thought to make sure she would stand out as a candidate.
Saylor said the most challenging thing in the application process for her was disclosing the fact that she is autistic.
She said it was a personal choice, and after her experience, knew it was the right one.
"If you don't choose to do that, in my experience, I found that it ultimately hurts you, because your employer doesn't understand you, and you don't understand them, and there's the miscommunication," she said.
Saylor said this career path was the right fit for her.
She added that while autism is labeled as a disability, her mother told her that it is not a disability, but a different ability.
That piece of advice is what encouraged Saylor to keep following her dream.
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