Like many 22-year-olds, Ben Nadis has somewhat murky career goals. Though he likes his job at the Kroger near his house in Farmington Hills, Mich., he doesn't want to work there forever. Maybe he'll be on TV instead, he jokes – he's not sure.

But Nadis isn't like most 22-year-olds. He was born with developmental disabilities and has trouble following instructions, thinking abstractly and communicating sometimes. His father, Ronn, said he was “always hopeful” that his son would find a job, but also “feared that there would be no way into the workforce.”

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