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Working Wisdom: How Workers With Disabilities Give Companies an Edge

The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Feb. 27 2015, 7:13 PM EST

It’s tough enough to finish a degree in mathematics only to find the jobs available are temporary work packing boxes at Costco. It’s even harder when you are also trying to hide the fact that you have autism.

Just ask Mackenzie Whitney.

Despite a math degree from the University of Alberta, Mr. Whitney has felt an unspoken stigma from some employers because of his autism. For years he was stuck toiling at marginal jobs with irregular shifts, low pay and little chance of building a career.