Be Open + Be Ready

It’s time to be open to hiring adults with autism and/or intellectual/developmental disabilities (A/I/DD).

Many companies that fuel our economy don’t have the workforce needed to fill open positions.

Hundreds of thousands of adults with A/I/DD are ready to go to work—right now.

Through Be Open + Be Ready, First Place is:

Working with businesses

to help them become productive enterprises and environments for neurodiverse employees.

Working with neurodiverse adults

to help them succeed in workplaces that are inclusive and accommodating.

“People with autism have the same fundamental needs as everyone else. Those needs are just amplified.”
Tom D’Eri, Co-Founder, Rising Tide Car Wash

Meaningful contributions.

Neurodiverse employees contribute to the efficiency, culture and overall brand of a business.

  • Research shows that productivity is up as much as 140% in some tech jobs.
  • Neurodiverse employees can accelerate innovation.
  • Other employees and customers have positive response.
  • Accommodations for neurodiverse employees benefit everyone. 
  • Adults with A/I/DD represent all levels of diversity, equity and inclusion.  
“People with autism have the same fundamental needs as everyone else. Those needs are just amplified.”
Tom D’Eri, Co-Founder, Rising Tide Car Wash