Autistic man’s gift for IKEA assembly turns into business

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The next time you are cursing the assembly instructions for an IKEA desk or bookshelf, you will wish you were living in Edmonton.



Residents in the Alberta capital can hire Brad Fremmerlid, a 24-year-old man with severe autism who can build anything.



Although he doesn’t read or speak, Fremmerlid has an amazing ability to understand the most complex diagrams, blueprints and pictorial instructions.



And for a small fee — currently about $20 — he will build any piece of furniture in your home.



“Everyone tells us we should be charging more, but we’re not really looking for money,” said his father, Mark Fremmerlid, an air ambulance pilot, who launched the business for his son this month. “We just want him to have something meaningful to do.



“It’s just started, but it seems to be so good for him to go to someone’s place and have a problem to solve,” he said in a telephone interview this week.



 

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