PARKLAND, Fla. — John and Thomas D’Eri co-founded Rising Tide Car Wash last year to create an environment where young adults with autism could learn how to be more responsible and gain independence, according to a press release.

John D’Eri’s son, Andrew D’Eri, a 21-year-old with autism, was among the employees. The wash has broken down the carwashing process into 46 distinct steps, which has allowed the employees with autism to “realize their incredible capabilities, gain confidence that they never had before, make friends, gain financial independence and have a place to call their own,” according to the release.

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The story of Rising Tide Car Wash was recently covered on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.

“After only one year in business, we are happy to have achieved many great milestones in empowering young adults with autism,” said John D’Eri. “We look forward to continuing our progress in setting people with autism up for success, and changing the perception of communities around the U.S. and the world to understand the awesome capabilities that people with autism have.”

The release also highlights many recent accomplishments and awards that Rising Tide has received.

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