Dandelion Program rollout in Canberra

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.

 

Specialisterne Foundation Completes HIPE4ASD Project

Specialisterne Foundation Completes HIPE4ASD Project

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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 Eu-logoEuropean 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 Australia Join Forces to Employ People with Autism

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 in Poland

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 SPF CFO Henrik Thomsen (left) and Danish Minister for Health Nick Hækkerup.

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

Specialisterne Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

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 USA and The Arc to Work Together on US Expansion of Specialisterne Model

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