Jamie Smith Hopkins at the Baltimore Sun profiles an innovative new program in the state of Maryland that seeks to “[connect] participants with autism and Asperger’s syndrome to tech jobs that put strengths — such as logical thinking and a high ability to focus — to good use”

Data entry is repetitive and hard to do well — that is, quickly and accurately. Shane Foley is great at it. The 21-year-old Ellicott City man works on two computer screens, eyeing images of handwritten sheets on one and clicking the information into a program on the other. His boss gives him a glowing review. So does the head of the state agency whose contract he’s working on. Really something for a young man whose neurologist told his parents, many years ago, to consider institutionalizing him.

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