PARKLAND, Fla., Jan. 31, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Rising Tide U (RTU), providing a road map for families who believe starting a business is their only way to help loved ones with autism build a future, along with University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (UM-NSU CARD) and The Taft Foundation, recently launched The Autism Advantage, an online program. It is the only program of its kind that walks participants step-by-step through creating a social enterprise that supports neurodiverse individuals.
"We truly believe that social entrepreneurship is the key to independence, purpose, and fulfillment for people on the autism spectrum," said Thomas D'Eri, primary creator and developer of RTU, and COO of the highly successful Rising Tide Car Wash, a South Florida-based pioneering social enterprise that helps young people with autism build a career and achieve an independent lifestyle.
"With The Autism Advantage, we cover everything from finding the right idea, to getting funding, to launching a product the right way," he continued. "We teach entrepreneurs that success is because of autism, not in spite of it."
Beta-testing for the program has experienced great success so far, with 14 active participants, 12 parents, two organizations, one operational social enterprise, and two more social enterprises that are in the prototyping phase of launching.
The Autism Advantage shares the exact system that Thomas D'Eri and his father John D'Eri, Rising Tide Car Wash creators, used to test, build, and launch their business. In 2013, the D'Eris launched Rising Tide Car Wash to create a supportive environment for young adults with autism, including John's son and Thomas' brother, then 21-year-old Andrew D'Eri.
Including seven modules — each of which includes video training on best practices, both from the D'Eris experience and business experts — the program is structured so that users will only focus on one step at a time. Each module also includes printable worksheets and PDFs such as:
- The One Page Business Plan: Sketch out a business in black and white to determine potential landmines, fast
- Demand Worksheet: How to figure out if people really want a product (before spending money)
- Business Structures Overview: Determine the tax, legal, and financial effect on each business structure
- Resources List: All the software, tools, and templates that RTU recommends
In addition, the program provides:
- Access to the exclusive Autism Advantage community
- All of the worksheets, templates, and resources that saved the D'Eris more than $100,000 in launching Rising Tide Car Wash
- Access to a private Facebook group for course members
- Access to podcasts showcasing other individuals who have achieved success with their social enterprises supporting neurodiverse individuals.
- Lifetime access to all materials
The program ensures that users won't get bogged down by the details or issues that they are not ready for. From those working a full-time job, to those who can dedicate a great deal of time to learning about creating a social enterprise, The Autism Advantage works for any type of user.
The Autism Advantage is available for only $495 (five payments of $99). RTU offers a 100 percent money-back, no-questions-asked guarantee if users are not satisfied with The Autism Advantage. To receive the refund, users must cancel within 30 days of initial purchase.
For more information about The Autism Advantage and/or to sign up, visit https://theautismadvantage.com/signup/.
About Rising Tide U
In 2016, Rising Tide Car Wash launched its training organization, Rising Tide U, as a means of sharing what its owners/leaders learned in building Rising Tide Car Wash, to the thousands of people who have reached out over the years. For more information, visit http://risingtideu.com.
About Rising Tide Car Wash
Rising Tide Car Wash is a scalable social enterprise with the primary mission to employ adults with autism. By delivering a first-rate car wash experience to the consumer, Rising Tide strives to inspire communities to change their perception of the capabilities of people with autism. Through intensive training, team building and caring for the community, Rising Tide sets its employees up for success. With this model, Rising Tide has a goal to provide people with autism with an opportunity to build a career and achieve an independent lifestyle. Rising Tide Car Wash has two locations: 7201 N. State Rd 7, Parkland, FL 33067; and 2970 N. State Rd 7, Margate, FL 33063. It is open seven days a week from 8 a.m.–7 p.m. For more information, visit www.risingtidecarwash.com, call (954) 344-1855 or email [email protected].
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