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Virginia student with autism writes open letter to future employers, touches hearts

An open letter written by Ryan Lowry, an autistic student from Virginia, from Leesburg from Virginia is going viral after he posted it on LinkedIn.

Thousands of social media users are moved after a 19-year-old autistic student’s heartfelt letter to his future employers surfaced. 

An open letter written by Ryan Lowry, an autistic student from Virginia, from Leesburg from Virginia is going viral after he posted it on LinkedIn. Netizens loved his letter for the honest approach, urging his future employers to give him an opportunity. Ryan expressed his desire to pursue his career in animations or IT industry, highlighting that he has a “unique sense of humour” and is “good at math”.

Virginia student with autism writes open letter to future employers, touches hearts
Image Credit: Ryan Lowry/ LinkedIn

“I realise that someone like you will have to take a chance on me,” he wrote in his handwritten letter. “I don’t learn like typical people do,” he said. Ryan added that he is a “quick learner”, and can excel at things given proper support and training.

“I promise that if you hire me and teach me, you’ll be glad that you did. I will show up every day, do what you tell me to do, and work really hard,” he wrote.

The letter soon went viral and attracted the attention of several netizens, who extended their support to him. 

CNN reported that Ryan currently works at a coffee shop called SimplyBe. His employment, however, will end once he graduates. He therefore sent out the cover letter to potential employers.

Ryan’s father Rob Lowry told the news outlet that he has received multiple offers “but the one that stood out is Exceptional Minds, a three-year program designed to teach people with autism about animation”.

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