Valley store showcases items made by employees with autism

PHOENIX, Ariz. (KSAZ) - With the busy holiday season in full swing, many are looking to buy those perfect gifts. One shop may have what you're looking for and made by some very special individuals. 

"All the products are for sale, everything from dryer balls to pizza cutters to beautiful pieces of jewelry," said Mary Ann Laroche, founder of Seeds for Autism.

All of the items here are made by individuals with autism. Twice a year, Seeds for Autism, opens their doors to the public for a shopping extravaganza. 

"What we do as a non-profit is work with the youth and adults on the autism spectrum and we teach them how to make products for home and garden," said Laroche. 

Mary Ann Laroche is the founder of Seeds for Autism. 

"As young adults graduate high school that are on the autism spectrum, 85% of them are unemployed, and out of all disabilities that's the highest, so what we're doing is teaching them the soft skills they still need," said Laroche.

They learn much more than just how to create beautiful items, but about communication and teamwork. 

"It shows me that autistic kids can learn really big things that normal adults can," said Ethan Lank, a member of Seeds for Autism. 

Learning important life lessons, one unique item at a time. If you weren't able to make the event this weekend, visit their online shop here.

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