People with autism find their talent at MacDonald Training Center

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An organization in Tampa Bay is helping individuals with autism discover their passion and learn life skills.

The MacDonald Training Center trains people with autism in some of the most sought out industries. 

A few programs taught at the local organization are art, technology and recycling.

Genevieve Meza puts her creative minds to the canvas recently completing a challenging landscape piece. 

Genevieve says she loves the excitement of painting and just because someone has autism doesn’t stop them from succeeding, matter what it is.

People in the technology program are able to become certified in Microsoft Office Suite and learn programming and coding.

Barrett Gordon is mastering programming and writes code to enhance video game experiences. 

He says he is the kind of person who loves code, calling it fun and a productive day for him.

The MacDonald Training Center also works with other organizations to create recycling opportunities.

Desktops, laptops, Gasparilla beads and more are recycled at the warehouse in Tampa.

Hannah Mohre is leading the pack in the recycling program breaking down one door at a time saying its fun.

26 people have graduated from the recycling program and now have jobs in the Tampa Bay community.

Students also master everyday skills to help them succeed when working in Tampa Bay. 

Things like interview practices and life lessons help teach individuals how to live independently. 

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