By Karen Berkowitz * Contact Reporter
Aspiritech founder Brenda Weitzberg says there’s a misconception that high-functioning adults with autism don’t need support once they leave high school and graduate from college.
The reality is that many fall through the cracks once they finish their schooling while trying to find and hold down a job, she said. They’ll often describe their experience as “falling off the cliff,” she said.
“Higher-functioning young adults on the autism spectrum are actually three times more likely to have no daytime activities at all, as opposed to those who have autism with lower cognitive ability,” Weitzberg said.
She and her husband Moshe Weitzberg set out to create stable employment for their own son, and ended up founding Aspiritech, which currently employs 31 adults on the autism spectrum at its office in downtown Highland Park.