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Autistic man, 20, goes viral after penning heartfelt cover letter asking employers to 'take a chance on me', saying he's a 'quick learner' who will 'work really hard'

 An autistic man who shared his hand-written cover letter on LinkedIn imploring employers to 'take a chance' on him has been met with an overwhelming response — and plenty of potential jobs. 

Ryan Lowry, a 20-year-old high school graduate from Leesburg, Virginia, set up his LinkedIn profile last month with some help from his dad, with hopes that he'd make a few connections and get started on a career in IT or as an animator.

But his earnest letter, penned on lined paper and photographed for the internet, has quickly gone viral, earning six million views and responses from companies like Amazon and Microsoft.

Success: Ryan Lowry, a 20-year-old high school graduate from Leesburg, Virginia, set up his LinkedIn profile last month with some help from his dad

Success: Ryan Lowry, a 20-year-old high school graduate from Leesburg, Virginia, set up his LinkedIn profile last month with some help from his dad

Hire me! He posted a hand-written cover letter to future employers, explaining that he has autism and doesn't 'learn like typical people do' but employers will be glad they hired him

Hire me! He posted a hand-written cover letter to future employers, explaining that he has autism and doesn't 'learn like typical people do' but employers will be glad they hired him

Ryan shared his cover letter on the platform two weeks ago with the caption: 'Please see my letter to future employers.' 


'Dear Future Employer,' he began, introducing himself and explaining that he has autism — but that's not the only thing worth knowing about him. 

'I also have a unique sense of humor, am gifted at math, really good at technology, and a really quick learner. 

'I realize that someone like you will have to take a chance on me,' he went on. 

'I don't learn like typical people do. I would need a mentor to teach me, but I learn quickly, [and] 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.


Score! The cover letter has gone viral and his parents say he has had calls from neurodiversity recruitment programs at Dell, Microsoft, and Amazon

Score! The cover letter has gone viral and his parents say he has had calls from neurodiversity recruitment programs at Dell, Microsoft, and Amazon

'Please let me know if you would like to talk about this with me. Thank you,' he concluded.

The letter quickly took off on LinkedIn, being viewed a reported six million times with thousands of likes and comments. 

His parents Rob and Tracy Lowry also revealed that he's had calls from several  companies with neurodiversity recruitment programs, including Dell, Amazon, and Microsoft. 

Exceptional Minds, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit and post-production studio for people with autism, also reached out.

'There have been a lot of people who want to talk with him,' his mom told WJLA

'I'm very proud of him. Every mom wants is 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.  

Proud: Ryan (pictured with his mom) wants a career in IT or as an animator, and his parents want him 'to be able to live independently'

Proud: Ryan (pictured with his mom) wants a career in IT or as an animator, and his parents want him 'to be able to live independently'

'Ryan is capable of so much,' his dad told Today. '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 and Tracy have also been quite touched by the outpouring of support in the comments section from people rooting Ryan on.

'I lay in bed at night and I cry reading the messages,' Tracy said. 'This raw, vulnerable letter has opened up so many opportunities.'

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