Specialisterne Foundation

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.

Blog post from Thorkil Sonne: Bigger than we are

Bigger than we are

My youngest son made me a social entrepreneur when he was diagnosed with autism. I realized that when it comes to developing and utilizing the talents of autistic people – we have a broken system. Approximately 1% of the world’s population may be autistic and face an un/underemployment rate of up to 80%.

The more I got to know my son, the more I appreciated that he was different, not less, and it was clear to us as his parents, that he deserved the same chance to realize his potential as his older brothers.

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Microsoft taps into the potential of autistic workers

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.

Read the article and Meet Kyle, who was recently hired by Microsoft, as a result of their adaptation of the Specialisterne model.

A New Approach to Hiring Autistic People

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.

Read the full article This Visionary May Completely Disrupt The Tech Industry As We Know It

Firms are increasingly hiring employees on the spectrum. Here’s why.

More and more companies are starting to see the benefits of hiring autistic people

We are very pleased with the success of Specialisterne clients Towers Watson, SAP and HP, who are on-boarding autistic people into competitive jobs in the core of their business.

Read the BBC article: Firms are increasingly hiring employees on the spectrum. Here’s why.

Association with the UN Department of Public Information

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.

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.