A Roslyn teenager who has autism has launched a line of T-shirts through a local nonprofit that works to teach vocational skills to people with special needs.
Hannah Greenberg, 15, a Roslyn High School student, has sold nearly 200 T-shirts over the past year through Spectrum Designs Foundation, an organization based in Port Washington that strives to raise awareness about the abilities and employability of people with developmental disabilities.
The line -- titled Hannah Leigh for Spectrum Designs -- includes 26 T-shirts that feature a curly-haired character resembling Hannah along with slogans for every letter of the alphabet, such as "A is for Attitude." A portion of the proceeds goes back to Spectrum Designs.
"She's the type of girl if you saw her closet, she's obsessed with clothes," said her mother, Amy, president of North Shore Autism Circle. Of Spectrum Designs' importance, she said: "With the lack of communication and social skills, it is very hard for adults with autism to obtain gainful employment."
The T-shirts are sold in several local stores, such as Gold Coast Kids in Jericho, and several actresses have been photographed wearing them.
In her spare time, Greenberg enjoys playing soccer on special-needs teams in the community.