Job Options Increasing For College Graduates With Autism, Learning Disabilities

Sam Koslowsky, 22, carries a matress out of his dorm room at Landmark College, in Putney. Koslowski said his learning disability will not prevent him from applying for jobs after college.

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College graduates with a condition like autism or ADHD have often faced limited options when looking for work, but now there's a movement for businesses to recognize the benefits of neurodiversity and appreciate people who think differently.

Landmark College, in Putney, helps students with learning difficulties navigate college and life beyond. This semester is now over, and recent graduate Sam Koslowsky is moving out of his dorm.

Koslowsky said that he knew from an early age that he'd need extra help to make it through school.

“When I was in elementary school, I barely passed a cutting test — I think I actually failed it — which, you know, when they test your hand-eye coordination by giving you a pair of scissors and a bunch of shapes and paper and telling you to cut them?” Koslowsky said. “So early intervention is like the only reason I went from being a probably textbook basketcase to actually being a semi-functional human being.”

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