Nobody would give this teen with autism a job, so he started a business
Published Friday, February 22, 2019 8:39PM EST
A 17-year-old Australian teen with autism started his own business cleaning garbage bins after he was rejected for other jobs.
“I searched and applied for jobs for two years and did not get one interview,” Clay Lewis told CTV News Channel from his home in Brisbane, Australia.
As of January, his business, Clay’s Bin Cleaning, has made more than AUS$6,000 and has roughly 70 clients.
He charges AUS$10 for the first bin and AUS$5 for each additional bin. He regularly offers free bin cleaning to local charities.
“I’m very proud of him,” his mother Laura Lewis told CTV News Channel. “I knew that he could do it.”
She added that employers were unable to “see past their own judgments” and made “unfair assumptions” about Clay’s competency because of his disability.
Clay said that he is looking forward to attending his high school prom and may put some of his earnings toward funding a trip to Abu Dhabi to watch his first Formula 1 race.
Lewis said that Clay’s story has given hope to a lot of people, particularly parents of children with autism.
“All Clay is doing is living a 17-year-old’s ordinary life: working, going to school, having a girlfriend and hanging out with friends,” she said.