Bridging the Opportunity Divide

Upstanders: Employing the Full Spectrum

September 7, 2016
In partnership with
Upstanders: Employing the Full Spectrum
Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Thomas Shomaker, Sean Ryon
A car wash where employees with autism are the keys to success.

John D’Eri set out to find a job for his son, Andrew, who is autistic. His journey led him to open a car wash where 85 percent of the employees are on the autism spectrum — and business is booming.

Upstanders is a collection of short stories celebrating ordinary people doing extraordinary things to create positive change in their communities produced by Howard Schultz and Rajiv Chandrasekaran. These stories of humanity remind us that we all have the power to make a difference.