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News Blurb: A Man with Autism asks Future Employers to ‘Take a Chance on Me’

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Ryan Lowry talking on the phone and giving a "thumbs up" to the camera.

By Janine Mack, CNN

A soon-to-be high school graduate started his job search in a unique way — he wrote a candid open letter and posted it on LinkedIn.

Ryan Lowry has autism and wants future employers to understand that while he may learn in a different way, he is worth taking a chance on.
“I realize that someone like you will have to take a chance on me, I don’t learn like typical people do,” Lowry wrote in the letter. “I would need a mentor to teach me, but I learn quickly, once you explain it, I get it. I promise that if you hire me and teach me, you’ll be glad that you did. I will show up every day, do what you tell me to do, and work really hard.”
The Leesburg, Virginia, resident is looking forward to starting the career he always dreamed of being in: animation. Currently, he works at a coffee shop called SimplyBe, but his employment will end once he graduates. So he decided to pen a cover letter to potential employers.
“He was going to do it on his computer and his younger brother thought, ‘Why don’t you write it?” said Ryan’s father, Rob Lowry.
His father said they thought posting the letter on LinkedIn would be more effective than sending it in the mail.
The letter struck a chord with employers and job seekers alike on LinkedIn.
Photo and Article Credit: CNN, Courtesy of Rob and Tracy Lowry to CNN