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Dubuque teen with autism starts his own business

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

A Dubuque teenager with autism has started his own business, which allows him to put his skills to use and get paid for it.

19-year-old Josh Beytien received his first paycheck from him first client, Hills and Dales in Dubuque. In January, Beytien started his company Mammoth Scanning.

"It's based on an animal extinct 10,000 years ago," Beytien said.

Its tagline is, "Where the past is present."

That fits with the work, since Beytien takes old documents, such as playbills from his second client, Dubuque's Grand Opera House, and scans them into electronic form.

It's a skill he learned in high school, during an AmeriCorps volunteer experience at the Research Center for Dubuque History at Loras College.

"He became very adept at it," his father Craig Beytien said. "That kind of repetitive, 'I know what I'm doing, I can process this fairly easy'-work was a natural for Josh. He seemed to excel at it, he didn't complain about it."

That's when Beytien's parents, Craig and Alyson, along with Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services, helped Beytien set up the business, which included obtaining a grant for a scanner.

Ellie Fliehler is a rehabilitation counselor at Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services who has known and worked with Josh since 2008.

"The idea behind Mammoth Scanning is that he would be more independent in working and be able to support himself, become self-sufficient," Fliehler said.

"Josh receives Social Security disability, currently, but we're working very hard to try to move him to a situation he can be totally independent of that," Beytien said.

Through family support and his business, Beytien may see greater independence in his future.

"Josh can handle high-volume, duplex, which is two-sided, I think it's 40 to 60 pages a minute," Craig Beytien said. "Working in a traditional environment for kids on the autism spectrum is a fairly challenging thing. They have a hard time filtering out all of the stimuli."

As Josh Beytien said, if anyone needs, "documents or photographs to be scanned, just call me, okay?"

To visit the Website of Mammoth Scanning Company, click HERE.

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