Rising Tide Car Wash, a social enterprise in Parkland, FL with the primary mission to employ adults with autism, was selected to speak at two significant events: the Autism Speaks/Extraordinary Ventures conference/initiative — “Advancing the Role and Impact of Small Businesses in Employing Adults with Autism — in Chapel Hill, NC, January 27-29 and the TEDx Coconut Grove at Ransom Everglades School in Coconut Grove, FL on February 7.

Rising Tide co-founder/president John D’Eri and co-founder/COO Thomas D’Eri were chosen by Autism Speaks to participate in Extraordinary Ventures’ conference, bringing together small businesses opening employment doors to young adults with autism. Rising Tide is one of only 14 small businesses across the country invited to participate in the conference.

The D’Eris, along with representatives of the 13 other businesses, gave presentations on their business model, were panelists for topics including "Challenges of Starting a Business" and "Best Practices for Managing a Workforce on the Spectrum” (autism spectrum disorder), had opportunities to meet during small breakout sessions, and networked.

At TEDx Coconut Grove, Thomas D’Eri will tell the story of Rising Tide and how it’s helping people with autism connect with their communities, while inviting those communities to see how capable people with autism can really be. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that engage the community in a discussion of ideas, to expand perspectives, and to make a philanthropic impact.