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.
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.
Her Royal Highness The Crown Princess Mary of Denmark speaking with Specialisterne Foundation COO Henrik Thomsen (left) and Danish Minister for Health Nick Hækkerup.
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
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