Abe is going to be a slave this summer.
Slaves cannot leave an employer or a territory without explicit permission. This is a true statement that applies to this summer.
Forced labor is defined as "all work or service which is extracted from any person under the menace of any penalty and for which the said person has not offered himself voluntarily". But this one ISN'T totally true because there was no menace of penalty, even though it certainly wasn't his idea- but he is game for it.
So what am I talking about???
Abe is going to be an unpaid intern at Brookfield Engineering. This company is in the same town as his boarding school, and his therapist was working hard with this company in order to get them to offer internships to one or two students. Brookfield normally only gives internships to college students, so this is really going out on a limb for them. The fact that both of these boys are already 18 allowed their human resources department to okay it.
And the fact that mom uses Brookfield equipment in her lab at work doesn't hurt things either! The therapist heavily dropped that fact while he was working at convincing the company.
It turns out that Brookfield already has some ties (in some unspecified way) to other people with Aspergers, so the fact of these kids' diagnosis actually didn't hurt the process!
So it's not definite yet. But Abe may work 20 hours each week there. The company usually pays its interns, so they are having some trouble working out that these kids CAN'T get paid. It certainly is payment enough that they are learning to hold down a job, as well as a brownie point for their resumes. But they may also get some payment in gift cards. Abe would vote for one from Barnes & Noble.
One thing that Abe is going to have to get used to is dressing nicely- it's all business casual. So I need to go get him some khakis or Dockers, some shoes that aren't sneakers (that is going to be hard on him) and some more polo shirts. And he's going to have to make sure that the clothes aren't totally wrinkled.
Oh, mom is just kvelling over the idea.