Father-Son Entrepreneurial Team Helps People with Autism

John D’Eri is a seasoned entrepreneur. His son Tom just graduated from business school. So the two decided to join forces and form a new business with an especially important mission: helping people with autism find employment.

As reported by this Miami Herald article, the D’Eri family opened the first Rising Tide Car Wash in Parkland, Florida last April after researching potential entrepreneurial solutions to help Andrew D’Eri, the younger son of John and his wife, Donna. Andrew, who is autistic, is among the 34 adult employees at the car wash.

Rising Tide’s website explains that the company arose from concern about what would happen to Andrew when his family was no longer around to care for him.

“We believe that Andrew and others like him have difficulty getting a job, not because they don’t have the tools to be top-notch employees, but rather because most businesses are simply not structured in a way that allows them to reach their full potential,” writes the D’Eri family in this piece titled “Why We’re Here.”

Rising Tide Car Wash is the first company created by CanDo Business Ventures, an organization that designs and deploys scalable consumer businesses dedicated to employing people with autism.

The young company has already turned the corner of profitability, according to the Herald article. Looks like John’s experience and Andrew’s business school training provide a winning combination.

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About Lynne Strang

I'm a writer who blogs about 40-and-older business owners. I am also the author of "Late-Blooming Entrepreneurs: Eight Principles for Starting a Business After Age 40." Outside of work, I enjoy reading, cooking, vegetable gardening and exercise (especially cycling).
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12 Responses to Father-Son Entrepreneurial Team Helps People with Autism

  1. What an amazing endeavour. Well done John and Andrew!

  2. After retiring, I worked with a young man with autism every Monday in the morning and early afternoon from 9-3 from 2007 to 2010. How excited I was for him when he got a job at Old Navy, and then sad when they moved because jobs for him seem scarce. It’s a long story that I can’t go into here in a comment. The concerns for caring him when his parents cannot any longer are real. He is in his 40s now. Thank you for posting this. We need to raise awareness.

    • lbstrang says:

      I’m sure that young man’s family is very grateful for your help. Even if it’s in a small way, I hope this post contributes to other efforts to raise awareness. That’s usually what it takes to foster interest and collaboration — and more initiatives like this one.

  3. wunoutlaw says:

    Reblogged this on WUN OUTLAW and commented:
    That’s great! I am so happy to hear about lifestyle entrepreneurs working together as family!

  4. dannyblack01 says:

    Reblogged this on dannyblack01's Blog.

  5. rightme1 says:

    Reblogged this on rightme1's Blog and commented:
    Love this story…

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