The joint forces of HP and Specialisterne in Australia receives public recognition. At the recent Asia Pacific Autism Conference Thorkil Sonne, the founder of Specialisterne, receives an award for the effort. The picture also includes Michael Fieldhouse from HP.
Yesterday Minister Payne announced the successful expansion of the Dandelion program into Brisbane. We also won an award last night at the Asia Pacific Autism conference for outstanding service to the field of Autism.
Thank you again for your support and our media team.
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Specialisterne Foundation Completes HIPE4ASD Project
The Help for Instant Professional Efficiency for Autism Spectrum Disorder (HIPE4ASD) project is an initiative funded by the European Commission’s Leonardo da Vinci Programme. It was started in 2012 by the Specialisterne Foundation (former Specialist People Foundation) and six other European partners in France, Greece, Italy and Spain. The purpose of this project was to develop a training course for individuals involved in the care, coaching or management of people with ASD in their work place. Continue reading
Specialisterne Foundation and HP Australia Join Forces
For the first time in Australia, the Department of Human Services and HP Australia will work together with Specialisterne Foundation (former Specialist People Foundation) to provide skilled employment for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Minister for Human Services Senator the Hon Marise Payne said an agreement between the three organisations, which will provide 12 candidates with employment through a three-year traineeship, was signed last night. Continue reading
Royal Recognition for Specialisterne
Specialisterne Fundacja Polska was among the organisations profiled in the recent Danish Royal Visit to Poland. Their Royal Highnesses The Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark (pictured above with Specialisterne Foundation COO Henrik Thomsen, Danish Minister for Health Nick Hækkerup and Specialisterne Candidate Dominik Warzecha) paid an official visit to Poland from May 12-14, heading up a Danish business promotional campaign. The visit focused on Danish-Polish trade in a number of areas, including, fashion and design, energy and the environment, and health and rehab. The goal of the two-day event was to support and promote current Danish businesses in Poland, and to help plant new seeds of opportunity for Danish companies wishing to establish themselves there.
During the visit, a number of organisations were presented to the Royal couple, including Specialisterne Fundacja Polska, which fell under the Health category. Representatives from the Polish Foundation as well as the Specialisterne Foundation (former Specialist People Foundation) had the opportunity to present the concept and methods used within Specialisterne organisations around the globe. Continue reading
Avnet Services announced today a collaboration with Specialisterne Spain to employ the skills of Specialisterne consultants on SAP System Administrative tasks for customers across Europe. Avnet Services is the dedicated services business of Avnet Technology Solutions, the global IT solutions distributor and an operating group ofAvnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT) Continue reading
This week Specialisterne is celebrating its 10th anniversary
On the 2nd of February 2004, Thorkil Sonne founded Specialisterne in Denmark with a vision of enabling jobs for people with autism. Inspired by his young son Lars, who had been diagnosed with Infantile Autism, Thorkil established Specialisterne, and subsequently The Specialisterne Foundation (former Specialist People Foundation), in an attempt to tailor a working environment geared towards people with Autism Spectrum Disorder, enabling them to use their specialist skills to act as consultants in the business sector.
“My vision back then was the same as it is now,” says Thorkil Sonne, Chairman of the Board for both Specialisterne Denmark and for The Specialisterne Foundation (former Specialist People Foundation), and Director of Specialisterne USA. “To create meaningful job opportunities for people with autism and to change the way society perceives them.” Continue reading
Specialisterne and The Arc working on US expansion
As the World Economic Forum kicks off in Davos, Switzerland, Specialisterne USA and The Arc announced a new agreement to help Specialisterne replicate its successful model of employing people with autism in the tech industry in the United States. By utilizing The Arc’s strong network of chapters, Specialisterne USA and The Arc will expand the model to sites across the US with a goal of serving technology companies nationwide.
This is the second major partnership Specialisterne USA has secured in recent months, following last Autumn’s announcement of the partnership with with Computer Aid, Inc. (CAI). In addition, The Specialisterne Foundation (former Specialist People Foundation) entered into a partnership with technology company, SAP SE in 2013. All three agreements have the common goal to provide employment opportunities for people with autism as software testers, programmers, data quality assurance specialists and other technology positions. Specialisterne USA , with operations in the Midwest, Mid Atlantic and Southwest regions of the US, and The Arc’s New York City chapter, AHRC New York City, began working to pilot replication of the Specialisterne model late last year in New York City. Continue reading
The Specialisterne Foundation (former Specialist People Foundation) is participating in a European Commission knowledge-sharing initiative entitled HIPE4ASD. The Help for Instant Professional Efficiency for Autism Spectrum Disorder is part of the European Commission’s Leonardo da Vinci Program, which funds practical projects in the field of vocational education and training. Initiatives range from those giving individuals work-related training abroad to large-scale co-operation efforts.
The Specialisterne Foundation (former Specialist People Foundation) is one of seven partners participating across the European region and, as part of the initiative, will be providing a training course on 28-29 January 2014 for professionals interested in learning more about working with people with an autism diagnosis, with specific focus on employment related aspects. This training course will take place at the IT University in Copenhagen, Denmark and include a wide range of topics on how to harness the skills and talents of people with ASD in the workplace. More details on this course is available on the training course website in Danish.