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CBS News 2 Dec 2019

After struggling to find a job, this man with autism decided to open his own business


A Rhode Island man found it difficult to find a job after graduating. So he took matters into his own hands and opened his own coffee shop. He hopes to employ people with special needs just like him.

A Rhode Island man with autism found it difficult to find a job after graduating. So, he took matters into his own hands and opened his own coffee shop, hoping to employ people with special needs - just like himself.
A future of work in which women will no longer lag behind men is within reach, but it will take a quantum leap, not just hesitant incremental steps, to get there, according to a new report by the International Labour Organization.

In advance of International Women's Day marked every March 8, the International Labour Organization (ILO) launched a report titled "A Quantum leap for gender equality: For a better future of work for all."
Shauna Olney, Chief, Gender, Equality and Diversity & ILOAIDS Branch, ILO:
"The report shows that over the past twenty years, in terms of the key labour market indicators, the gender gaps are not closing in any meaningful way. So if we are going to have a change we really do need a quantum leap and there is some particularly concerning findings in the report."

Olney also said that the so called "the motherhood employment penalty" or the difference between women with or without children, how often they are getting into employment, has actually increasing and over the past 10 years, that has increased for almost 40 % globally.

She said "so, if we don't want to reproduce the inequalities of the past and we want a future of work that is truly gender equal we will have to make major changes and we will have to make them now."

The report finds that in the last 27 years the difference in the employment rates for men and women has shrunk by less than two percentage points. In 2018, women are still 26 percentage points less likely to be in employment than men. This contrasts with the findings of an ILO-Gallup 2017 global report on women's and men's preferences about women's participation in paid work, which found that 70 per cent of women prefer to have a job rather than staying at home and that men agree.
Shue Vang was so overwhelmed when he reached the peak of Angels Landing Hike in Utah that he was moved to tears. The 29-year-old is living with muscular dystrophy and does not have use of his legs. When his friend Calvin Kim organized the climb, he and 31 others scoped out the dangerous path ahead of time to make sure they could make it safely up the mountain with Vang on their backs. "He said, 'It's been a long time since I've been at the top,' and I don't know if he meant this metaphorically or literally," Kim told T&T Creative Media.'s Stephanie Officer has more.
Inspirational videos of people with autism doing amazing things are shared all over social media. But Leigh Merryday Porch believes that these viral stories can sometimes be detrimental to those living with autism. Porch, who's the mother of a 10-year-old with autism, wants other parents to know there's not a formula to parenting a child with the condition. "You have to celebrate that child and their accomplishments and reach a point of acceptance while continuing to encourage them to be the most they're capable of being," she said.

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