#WATWB – An Autistic Man Posts Online for Work and Gets 7 Million Views! – Goodnet

Welcome to this months #WATWB – We are the World Blogfest where a group of writers take the time to post about one good thing going on in this world, to deflect from some of the negativity, on the last Friday of each month.

I heard about this amazing guy, Ryan Lowry, on the news and then came across the article I’m sharing here today, where an autistic man struggled to get a job because of his autism, so he decided to hand write a letter and post it on Linkedin. He got over seven million views as his words touched many hearts, and optimally, got himself a job.



“A young autistic man recently posted a letter on LinkedIn asking for a job. This honest and personal letter sparked such compassion, it was viewed over 7 million times. He opened the hearts of all who read it and within four days, he landed a scholarship in his dream field.

The 20-year-old from Virginia had a vision. Ryan Lowry was looking for a job in IT or animation and wanted to get the word out, so with the help of his dad he opened a LinkedIn account, according to TODAY. He wrote a handwritten, personal, and deeply honest letter that stood out from the other posts.

In the letter, Lowry explained upfront that he has autism. He added that he is a quick learner, gifted at math, and has a great sense of humor. “I realize that someone like you will have to take a chance on me,” he wrote to a prospective employer. “I don’t learn like typical people. I would need a mentor to teach me, but I learn quickly, once you explain it, I get it.”

This letter spread across the LinkedIn community like fire, warming hearts along the way. It gained seven million shares and 180,000 likes. There was so much activity centered around this one letter, LinkedIn closed the account thinking it was suspicious, according to TODAY.

The account was soon reopened and a flourish of comments picked up again. Catherine Fisher from LinkedIn told TODAY, “Ryan is leading by example, he’s showcasing his unique skills, being authentic and asking his community for help. We can’t wait to see when he updates his profile with a new job.”

Please continue reading this beautiful article at Goodnet.org

Source: An Autistic Man Posts Online for Work and Gets 7 Million Views! – Goodnet


If you’d like to share something good going on you’ve come across, please share a link at our WATWB Facebook page to post. Hosts this month are: Sylvia McGrath and Belinda Witzenhausen.





46 thoughts on “#WATWB – An Autistic Man Posts Online for Work and Gets 7 Million Views! – Goodnet

  1. What a heartwarming post, Debby. I would venture to say the young man will soon be employed. Thank you for sharing this bright moment!


  2. What a brilliant story! I love Ryan’s enthusiasm to put himself out there. He wants to learn, seems dedicated and I think any employer would be lucky to have him.
    Thanks so much for sharing this and for being a part of #WATWB. Stay safe and be well. Hope you have a great weekend.


  3. A wonderful story Debby and what an amazing outcome.. I wish him every success.. just goes to show that doing something out of the ordinary leads to something extraordinary… I will share in Monday’s Blogger Daily…♥♥


  4. I had read about this as well – what a great story to share about an amazing young man. I’m glad to see that so much good came out of his willingness to be open about himself and his goals and his abilities.


  5. Hi Debby – I can so relate to this after my time in Canada … the wonderful thing about Ryan is … that he realises his differences and asks for understanding – he’ll be a brilliant employee – certainly a huge benefit to his organisation. That’s great – delighted to read this … with thoughts for you – have peace – Hilary


    1. Thanks for your thoughts Hilary. And yes, isn’t it wonderful to see this young man put himself out there? I have no doubts he will be a great success. ❤


  6. I just love the reminders that the world is full of kind, generous, caring, and generally wonderful people. The news especially can be so very depressing. Thanks for sharing Ryan’s lovely story. You lifted my spirits, my friend. Sending hugs.


    1. Thank you Diana. I’m glad to hear these inspiring stories are doing exactly what they’re intended for you – bringing awareness and goodness into some otherwise depressing news. ❤


  7. Thank you for sharing such a moving story, and being part of WATWB. I always love to see stories about young people like Ryan and pleased to know his story had a positive ending.


  8. Thanks for sharing this inspriational story. My grandson is on the autism spectrum, so these stories always elicit a lot of emotion for me, but hope as well.


  9. This resonated with me. Our son has autism. He’s also brilliant at Maths (we add an ‘s’ in the UK!) and, thanks to the input of several wonderful people in his life, his learning curve has been so steep he went from having no language as a four-year-old to going to Jesus College, Oxford when he was eighteen. He’s now working as a software writer for a company that appreciates his strengths and makes sure that he’s happy in the workplace. Thanks for sharing this – it’s easy to focus on the negatives in life and forget about all those positive, lovely people out there. x


    1. Oh, thanks for sharing your own story Trish. I’m so happy to hear that your son is doing well in this world that has become so difficult for many. That’s why I wanted to share Ryan’s story. We need to shine the light on good things. ❤ x


  10. Thanks from me too, Debby! A great, generally motivating story. I’m also sure Ryan will get a job soon. Michael


  11. Thanks for sharing this story, Debby. We’re all eager to read good news these days, and this one is particularly inspiring. I worked in a clinic specialized in Asperger’s Syndrome, and I heard many stories about the struggles to find jobs or the support to access further education and training, and it’s great to see this young man taking the initiative and getting such a good response. Big hugs.


  12. Debby, this is one of the amazing ways blogging can contribute to a better world. Thank you for posting this encouraging post about autism. Everyone has a place and purpose in life. ❤


  13. Thanks for sharing this unique and positive story, Debby! Good for Ryan!! These monthly post do their job – they warm my heart and make me smile. Mission accomplished. 🙂


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