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In its first year of business, Rising Tide Car Wash has not only made an extraordinary difference in helping people with autism to build a career and achieve an independent lifestyle, but it has also played a major role in inspiring communities to change their perception of the capabilities that people with autism have.
Currently, unemployment among people with autism is approximately 90 percent, and at least 500,000 more individuals with autism will enter the workforce in the next decade. One year ago (April 6, 2013), John and Thomas D’Eri, co-founders and respectively the president and COO of Rising Tide Car Wash, launched their business to create a supportive environment where young adults with autism could thrive and achieve independence. This included John’s son and Thomas’ brother, 21-year-old Andrew D’Eri, a vibrant individual with autism.
Today, Rising Tide is one of the largest employers of people with autism in the U.S. with 30+ employees, and aims to be the premier car wash experience in the market. Breaking down the car washing process into 46 distinct steps, Rising Tide helps its associates with autism realize their incredible capabilities, gain confidence that they never had before, make friends, gain financial independence, and have a place to call their own.
Since opening, Rising Tide has almost tripled its customer base, and built an “Unlimited Wash Club” membership of approximately 1,000 people.
During the past 12 months, Rising Tide has made significant strides in creating awareness of the capabilities that people with autism have. These include: