The 2018 Autism Advantage Luncheon event is organized by the United Nations Department of Public Information, in collaboration with Specialisterne Foundation. It is co-sponsored by the Permanent Missions of Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Denmark, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan and Poland, and organized with the support of Cognoa, Google, JPMChase, Microsoft, Standard Chartered Bank and Tatiana Copeland.
Singapore operation is latest in worldwide expansion of successful and award-winning international social enterprise
SINGAPORE, November 30th, 2017 – Specialisterne, an internationally recognized leader in harnessing the talents of autistic people, launched today in Singapore. Specialisterne Singapore is teaming up with employers, government, community and partners to provide people on the autism spectrum – an under-utilized human resource – with the opportunity to obtain meaningful and sustained employment.
Specialisterne Singapore officially launched today 30 November 2017 with a visit from the Spouse of the Danish Prime Minister.
“The majority of those with autism are unemployed, but new pilot programs at big companies, such as EY and Microsoft, are discovering unexpected benefits from having “neurodiverse” colleagues.”
“But Austin says that ultimately these programs have to make sense for the company’s bottom line.The pilot programs — which companies go into with little expectation — have been producing good results in terms of finding new talent and productivity gains. “Ultimately, it’s not a charity thing because it’s providing far more benefit than it’s costing. Every company I know that’s gone into this in a serious way has gone into it with the idea that this is going to be net benefit positive,” he says.”
“More companies are ditching the stereotypes of Dustin Hoffman’s Rain Man and Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory, and realising the benefits of employing people on the autism spectrum”. The benefits of hiring people with autism include: high attention to detail, high work ethic and quality of work.
The focus have been on the IT sector, where many large companies have benefited from hiring people with autism. However, the competencies of people with autism is not limited to the IT sector. Like everybody else, they have different interests and skills. Specialisterne Australia has recently launched “the Autism and Agriculture employment scheme to develop career paths for those with autism in specialist animal care roles”. Specialisterne Foundation and Specialisterne are always looking into other industries for employment opportunities for people with autism.
1:25 minutes into the video, Specialisterne Foundation’s director (former Specialist People Foundation), Henrik, sums up who Specialisterne is and the need for employment in Europe, in just over a minute.
We are pleased to announce, that we have now finalised our name change in the foundation. From today and forward, our name is Specialisterne Foundation.
We want to emphasise the strong link between the foundation’s work and our local Specialisterne units across the world. We are all working towards the same goal – enabling jobs for people with autism and creating a more inclusive labour market.
We hope that our new name will create less confusion and a closer link to the work we and the different Specialisterne units do.
Unique Microsoft hiring program opens more doors to people with autism
Microsoft is another software giant that has seen the potential of autistic workers. Their hiring program works as a practical interview process, where the applicants get a chance to demonstrate their skills.
Microsoft’s pilot program have already had two successful hiring rounds and they are continuously hiring people through the Microsoft Autism Hiring Program.
This Visionary May Completely Disrupt The Tech Industry As We Know It
Recently, Forbes published an article about Specialisterne’s and Specialisterne Foundation’s (former Specialist People Foundation) founder, Thorkil Sonne.
The article describes how lack of skilled workers in STEM jobs (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) correspond with some of the skills possessed by autistic people. It further describes the new approach to hiring autistic people through Work Design, Recruitment & Selection and Training & Development and how it differs from the traditional approach.