Succeeding with Autism


POSTED: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 8:00pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 8:09pm

Colorado company turns electronic waste into opportunity for autistic workers. Kelly Sommariva reports.

(KUSA) Turning junk into an opportunity is all in a day's work at Blue Star Recyclers in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

For Leigh Schilling, her opportunity came with the sound of a screwdriver and some old computer parts no one wanted anymore.

"I can do 80, my record is 175. I love taking apart hard drives," Schilling said, "I think it's like one big puzzle. I love it."

Every day, there's a goal at Blue Star Recyclers. She's never missed it.

"I always try to outdo my record every single time," Schilling says.

This is the first paying job she's ever had.

"People with developmental disabilities have about 90-percent unemployment. They just don't get a chance to even interview for jobs," says Bill Morris, CEO of Blue Star Recyclers.

He wants to change that.

"We literally can turn junk into an opportunity," Morris adds.

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