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Philadelphia: Autistic adults to work at Eagles popcorn concession; 85% of adults unemployed

Aug 6, 2023, Philadelphia Inquirer: Eagles introduce new popcorn stand that will employ adults with autism and disabilities https://www.inquirer.com/eagles/eagles-autism-foundation-jeff-lurie-popcorn-employment-stadium-20230806.html?outputType=amp

Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie is plenty excited for the upcoming season with the team hoping to reach similar heights following its appearance in Super Bowl LVII. Away from the field, one of Lurie’s biggest passions remains his involvement with the Eagles Autism Foundation.

On Sunday, before the team’s public practice at Lincoln Financial Field, Lurie announced the team is building a new popcorn concession stand that will employ adults with autism and intellectual disabilities in partnership with “Popcorn for the People.”

According to a 2023 report by the U.S. Department of Labor, at least 85% of individuals on the autism spectrum are unemployed. This rate is the highest among any other disability….

“We look forward to bringing new jobs to this community today and for many many years to come.”…

Since 2018, the Eagles Autism Challenge has raised more than $23 million in autism research and care programs, according to the team.

Lurie said: “This transformational partnership is a prime example of what can be accomplished when organizations with aligned missions come together.”





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