Since it opened in Parkland in April 2013, Rising Tide Car Wash has experienced great success, empowering young adults with autism and inspiring communities to change their perception of their capabilities. With 35 employees, Rising Tide is one of the largest employers of people with autism in the U.S. Since its inception, Rising Tide has created 75 jobs in the South Florida area.
Breaking down tasks and creating systemized processes for all daily responsibilities helps Rising Tide’s associates with autism realize their incredible capabilities, gain confidence that they never had before, make friends, gain financial independence, and have a place to call their own.
Rising Tide co-founders John and Tom D’Eri created the business to develop a scalable solution to employing individuals with autism. They were inspired to do this by watching John’s son and Tom’s brother Andrew, a vibrant young man with autism, struggle to find his place in the world.
John and Tom D’Eri; along with Tom Sena, CFO of Rising Tide Car Wash; recently launched Rising Tide U, a separate entity from Rising Tide Car Wash. Rising Tide U’s goal is to inspire and teach others to put the potential of those with autism to work through building sustainable social enterprises. For more information about Rising Tide U, visit www.risingtideu.com .