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Tennessee-based program providing job opportunities for people with autism



KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) – A Tennessee-based program is making it easier for people with autism to get jobs.

The program, called “Devices for Autism,” is being led by TERRA (The Electronics Reuse & Recycling Alliance). The group is employing people with autism to disassemble mailed-in laptops and tablets for recycling.

“TERRA is committed to providing simple, secure and sustainable electronic recycling solutions addressing the growing problem of e-waste,” said Steven Napoli, TERRA President and CEO. “The Devices for Autism initiative allows us to focus on this objective while also providing an opportunity for individuals with Autism to pursue meaningful careers.”

TERRA said that electronic waste (e-waste) is the fastest-growing type of trash in the world, with millions of electronic devices being thrown away yearly. On top of helping tackle e-waste, TERRA said the program is promoting inclusivity and creating skill enhancement opportunities.

The program is currently accepting devices from eight states: Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Those interested in sending in a device can do so for free here.

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