Autism ‘Shark Tank’ Reactor Room opens doors for talented Houstonians with disability
Welcome to the Reactor Room. As on ABC’s “Shark Tank,” in which budding entrepreneurs peddle ideas to titans of industry to invest and bring a plan to market, an autistic adult, called a “Reactor,” shares his or her passions with “Activators.” Those passions involve working with others, an idea for a business or an invention. In turn, the Activators, a panel of entrepreneurs, business leaders and social innovators, share connections and ideas to help the participant find not just a job but a meaningful career.
The program is for adults on the autism spectrum whose strengths are virtually untapped. An initiative by Houston organization Spectrum Fusion, it is examining the way business thinks about talent — and the way those with autism fit into the working world.