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Published May 12, 2014, 05:07 PM

Anne Carlsen Center opens business that will allow people with autism jobs in high tech industry

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It's hard for people with autism to find employment, but a local group thinks it actually provides an advantage in some fields of work.

By: WDAY Staff Reports , WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It's hard for people with autism to find employment, but a local group thinks it actually provides an advantage in some fields of work.

Today, the Anne Carlsen Center celebrated the grand opening of Specialisterne in North Dakota, which will employ people with autism in the high tech industry.

Organizers explain that people with autism have brain activity that's different from the norm, but not necessarily worse.

They have an extra level of focus that can be applied to certain tasks for a long time, which could be the key to high paying careers.

Eric Monsom/CEO – Anne Carlsen Center: "Our mission statement is to make the world a more inclusive place where independence is a gift to all. And employment, satisfaction with employment is so important."

Monson says autism affects about 1 in every 68 people, yet 85% of those highly affected, are unemployed.

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