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Linwood Boutique employs, helps train autistic adults
Linwood Boutique employs, helps train autistic adults

The Linwood Boutique is a thrift store with a twist. Like most such stores, the historic Ellicott City shop sells used clothing, furniture, books and other donated items. But it uses the profits to provide employment and job-training skills to an often-neglected population that badly needs them: men and women with autism. The boutique is operated by the Linwood Center, an Ellicott City school for the autistic. Opened six years ago, the boutique is staffed by people with autism, a brain disorder that affects the normal development of social and communication skills. “The purpose of this is to provide some soft employment skills for our adults,” says Kim Manning, deputy...