non-profit history
One of the “gifts” Asperger Works’ founder, Daniel Rajczyk, received for his thirtieth birthday was a clumsy diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome. Clumsy because all the “symptoms” were mentioned in the report without the actual name of Asperger’s Syndrome. Consequent testing at Beth Israel Hospital actually established the fact that he was indeed an Aspergian. The diagnosis may have answered certain questions for both him and his family, but it did not help with employment issues. With a BA in the IT field, he could only get part-time jobs for which he was grossly over-qualified.

When it looked like he would never get a meaningful job equal to his intellect and training, he went back to school and earned his Masters’ degree in IT. It was while at Endicott College that he hit upon the idea of starting a nonprofit to help Aspies with employment issues. This idea eventually became Asperger Works, Inc. Upon graduation, Mr. Rajczyk got together with Douglas Perry, a friend from his NECC days, and began the arduous task of forming a nonprofit company.

On January 5, 2012, the Articles of Organization was established with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and on July 17, 2014, Asperger Works became of 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization.

In late 2016, we began providing services in our donated office at NILP located on the Lawrence-Andover line.

On August 1, 2017, we relocated to an office we truly liked in the heart of Lawrence at 60 Island Street. The pandemic hit us hard in 2020. As much of the state went under lockdown, our funding dried up and we could no longer pay our rent. The owner of building was rather magnanimous and allowed us to stay in our office rent-free for a number of months. But eventually, we had to pack up the office and move. In March 2021, we rented space at a local church in Haverhill, where we stayed until August 2022. Since then, we have been operating mostly through the use of ZOOM, phone calls, and email.

It is our hope that soon we will be able to find an affordable new home.

But whether operating out of an office or in a private residence, our goal has been the same since our inception: to serve the ASD community by educating employers about the positive side of hiring people with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) and by helping adult Aspergians lead productive lives through gainful employment.

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