The Town That Gave the World Spam Is Proud to Be ‘Autism-Friendly’

In Austin, Minn., businesses are trained to support people with autism

Washington Post
Sep 26, 2018 · 9 min read
“Spambassador” Samuel Ehret, who has autism, answers a guest’s questions at the Spam Museum in Austin, Minn. The town’s Autism Friendly Austin project has encouraged schools, businesses and residents to accommodate people with the disorder. All photos: Jenn Ackerman for The Washington Post

By Amy Ellis Nutt

The tall teenager with the buzz cut opened the museum door, extended a large hand and said cheerily, “Welcome to the Spam Museum.”

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