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March 31, 2016

Spectrum Designs Wears Autism Awareness On Its Sleeve

Category: General — NYSID @ 3:19 pm

April is National Autism Awareness Month (NAAM16), World Autism Awareness Day is April 2 — and both represent excellent opportunities to create autism awareness and acceptance within New York’s workforce and communities.

One great example is Spectrum Designs Foundation, an apparel customization shop that provides meaningful work opportunities to individuals with autism.

Spectrum Designs employees proudly display their paychecks for a job well done

Recently, Spectrum Designs was selected to design, print and ship 56,000 Autism Speaks Walk 2016 T-shirts. Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, and the Autism Speaks Walk contract is the largest job ever undertaken by Spectrum Designs.

Each Walk T-shirt includes a special tag about Spectrum Designs, providing the not-for-profit social enterprise with visibility across the nearly 60 Autism Speaks Walk locations around the country.

The official Autism Speaks Walk 2016 T-shirt will be worn at 60 Autism Speaks Walk locations around the country

“We are thrilled to be selected as the official T-shirt vendor for Autism Speaks Walk 2016,” said Patrick Bardsley, Spectrum Designs president. “It is a testament to the fact that social enterprises can compete on a national scale, and this puts Spectrum Designs firmly on the map.”

Learn more about Spectrum Designs and the Autism Speaks Walk T-shirts.

During NAAM16, join NYSID as we increase awareness of member agencies which provide employment for this workforce population, such as Spectrum Designs, and the ways in which we collectively turn business opportunities into jobs for New Yorkers in the autism community.

Discover ways to get involved during NAAM16 — and thanks to our member agencies for your continued support during National Autism Awareness Month and throughout the year. #AutismFriendly #NAAM16


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