Today, April, 2, the Word Autism Awareness Day, in the UN –organization that instituted the day in 2008-, happened an event began dedicated to the employment of people with autism. Thorkil Sonne, founder of Specialisterne, took part in the conference and its planning. 80% of adults with autism are estimated to be unemployed. In Europe, […]
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, in an attempt to […]
Watch first-hand accounts of Specialisterne and the work we do to help people with autism secure meaningful employment.
Specialisterne featured in the Guardian “An inspiring enterprise which employs and empowers people with autism has already expanded to eight countries.”
There’s no company in Denver quite like Specialisterne, but its backers and executives hope that isn’t true much longer. The Danish IT outsourcing company employs people diagnosed with autism, making use of their particular skills to troubleshoot software, double-check the accuracy of data and handle other complex tasks for client companies. Read more here.
How Autistics Triumphed at SAP Labs When VR Ferose, Managing Director of SAP Labs India, employed three autistic people, he was in for a special surprise. VR Ferose Age: 38 Designation: Managing Director, SAP Labs India The Problem: People with disabilities, such as autism, are usually dependent on others throughout their lives. They lack communication skills, are […]
Specialisterne Denmark have received an injection of growth capital from the newly established The Social Capital Fund (“Den Sociale Kapitalfond”), Denmark’s first social venture fund, which is focusing on investing capital, and competencies, in promising social entrepreneurs, to scale their social impact, and economic performance. The Chairman of The Social Capital Fund, Ms. Gurli Martinussen, […]
Why business needs people with Asperger’s Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder and dyslexia In 1956 William Whyte argued in his bestseller, “The Organisation Man”, that companies were so in love with “well-rounded” executives that they fought a “fight against genius”. Today many suffer from the opposite prejudice. Software firms gobble up anti-social geeks. Hedge funds […]
Harnessing the special skills of the ‘outliers’ When his son was diagnosed with autism, Thorkil Sonne was given a new insight into the unique talents of those with the disorder – so he set up a consultancy firm with the aim to create one million jobs for “specialist people”, writes JOANNE HUNT. MOST JOBS call […]
Watch the show with Thorkil Sonne and Morten Carlsson. Thorkil Sonne tells his story about how, and why, he started Specialisterne, and why our consultants are doing a great job, solving tasks, for the corporate sector. Learn more about how we, succesfully, are establishing new Specialisterne operations around the world, to help people with autism get a […]