daughter just began her
senior year at Troy Athens High School, and Meador, like most parents, has started to worry about what will happen when she
Complicating the transition process is the fact that his
17-year-old daughter Maribel is on the autism spectrum, which means she
will probably need assistance getting to the point where she
can attend college or other postsecondary schooling, find a job or secure housing for herself.
"There's not a lot of programs out there to get young adults trained, get the skills they need and get placed in a job," said Meador, a father of four who is chairman of the board for the Autism Alliance of Michigan.
Meador, the chief financial officer at DTE Energy, says he and other employees are working to launch a program to provide jobs for people on the autism spectrum.
In the meantime, Meador
, who also has three older boys, says he's
focusing on seeing his
daughter get to where she
wants to be.
"My hope for her
is the same as my other children," he