Autistic Brother’s Needs Inspire Teen to Invent Special T-Shirt


A young entrepreneur has big dreams — for a very special reason!

Jose Rodriguez is just 18, but his company Tasium is helping to improve the lives of autistic folks.

Joel, his younger brother, is autistic. Since they were kids, Jose has watched as his brother struggled with stress-related fidgeting.

“I love him more than anything in this world,”Jose said.

He saw how popular fidget toys proved helping in relieving Joel’s pent-up anxiety. The tiny toy was easy to lose.

That’s when Jose had his big idea — he punched a hole in a t-shirt, then used a clip to fasten the toy to the t-shirt. The $30 t-shirt comes with a fidgettoy and a clip. 

Jose participated in the National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge. Jose was one of 20,000 submissions from teens all over the globe. Jose took first place.

The prize for his efforts is a four-year scholarship to the prestigious Babson College in Boston. It has been voted the No.1 entrepreneurial college in America. 

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