At Flutie Spectrum Enterprises in Framingham, the first pay stub belonging to its first employee — Justin Daigle — hangs prominently on the wall.
It’s a source of pride and accomplishment, especially when you hear how his story began.
Daigle was non-verbal until he was 3 and a half years old.
He’s now 21 and living with autism. Changes in routine, and the fast pace of conversation, are all things that challenge him.
Just talking to 7News for a story was taxing for Justin. But he found a calm connection with 7’s Christa Delcamp by holding hands.
Justin says he wants to save his money for a trip to Disney.
Justin is one of six employees at the company, ranging in age from 21 to 50. It was launched by the Flutie Foundation.
The foundation was started by Natick native and former New England Patriots quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie, along with his wife, Laurie.
The foundation was inspired by their son, Doug, Jr., who is also living with autism.
The company’s mission is to find jobs that highlight the skills of employees on the autism spectrum.
Spectrum Enterprises hopes to more than double its workforce in 2017.
Justin says he feels happy and works hard at his job. His mother says he’s found purpose.
“This gives him something to look forward to,” she said.
To hear more about Justin’s story, watch the video above.