“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.
NGO Associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information
The Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations of the United Nations Department of Public Information (UN DPI) decided at their meeting 20 November 2015 to approve Specialisterne Foundation (former Specialist People Foundation) for association with the UN DPI effective immediately.
The founder of Specialisterne Foundation (former Specialist People Foundation), Thorkil Sonne, stated that the affiliation with the UN DPI is a major milestone in the history of the organisation. As experienced at the UN World Autism Awareness Day 2015, the Call to Action on employment of autistic individuals by the General Secretary Ban Ki-moon resonates among global stakeholders.
Specialisterne Foundation (former Specialist People Foundation) is very excited about strengthening the ties to the UN and support the General Secretary’s Call to Action across the globe.
The succesful Dandelion program, which was first launched in Adelaide and since in Brisbane, is now available in Canberra.
“The Department of Human Services, together with Hewlett Packard Australia (HP) and Specialisterne Foundation (former Specialist People Foundation) is inviting applications from people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to be part of the Dandelion program in Canberra.”
This unique program includes a three-year traineeship, representing an opportunity for young adults with ASD to enter the workforce and find meaningful employment.