Ryan Lowry, 20, of Leesburg, Virginia dreams of having a career in IT or as an animator. Parents Rob and Tracy Lowry’s deepest wish for their son, who has autism, is the ability for him to live independently one day.
Last month, Rob Lowry helped his son navigate LinkedIn and created an account for him, according to the Daily Mail.
“Ryan is capable of so much, the goal here for Ryan is independence. He can live in our basement for the rest of his life. We’d love it. But Tracy and I are going to die someday, and he needs to be able to live independently. We’re cautiously optimistic.”Rob Lowry via TODAY
Ryan Lowry then penned a handwritten cover letter to his future employer and uploaded it to the career networking site.
The full letter reads:
“Dear Future Employer-
My name is Ryan Lowry, I am 19 years old, live in Leesburg, Virginia, and I have autism. I also have a unique sense of humor, and gifted at math, really good with technology, and a really quick learner.
I am interested in a job in animation, or in IT. I realize that someone like you will have to take a chance on me, I don’t learn like typical people do, I would need a mentor to teach me, but I learn quickly, once you explain it, I get it. I promise that if you hire me and teach me, you’ll be glad that you did. I will show up every day, do what you tell me to do, and work really hard.
Please let me know if you would like to talk about this with me. Thank you.”
Since he posted the heartfelt letter two weeks ago, it has gone viral and the Linkedin post has been viewed more than 6,000 times. As reported by ABC7 News, Lowry has received over 1,000 inquiries from businesses and organizations interested in helping him.
Notably, Lowry has received calls from neurodiversity recruitment programs at Dell, Microsoft, and Amazon. Lowry has also been contacted by Exceptional Minds, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit and post-production studio for people with autism.
“I’m very proud of him. Every mom wants [for] their children to grow up and have a life and support themselves and be independent and just the fact that he put himself out there and he’s handling it and we are hearing from people and it’s just amazing… I lay in bed at night and I cry reading the messages. This raw, vulnerable letter has opened up so many opportunities”Tracy Lowry