Specialist People Foundation

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

We partner with a lot of great organizations and also love to share the amazing work that others are doing in assisting people with disabilities find employment. So it seems natural for us to highlight some of these organizations here in our blog. Today's focus: the Specialist People Foundation

The Specialist People Foundation is a not-for-profit foundation with the goal to create one million jobs globally for people with autism and similar challenges, such as ADHD, ADD, OCD and Tourette’s Syndrome. They hope to accomplish this goal by exporting an employment model used in Denmark, called Specialisterne, all around the world. Specialisterne, literally meaning "The Specialists", is an employment model which harnesses the unique skill set of people with autism into positions where they will have a competitive advantage.

People with autism often have skills that are very valuable on the labour market, such as an outstanding memory or a remarkable eye for detail. Also, they often have a structured way of working, can think out of the box, have a passion for detail and are capable of doing repetitive tasks with unceasing enthusiasm. The majority of employees in Specialisterne have found work as consultants in the corporate sector on tasks such as software management, testing, logistics and data entry. 

The Specialist People Foundation hopes to license this model around the world and have created a set of management tools, called the Dandelion Model, to enable both the private and public sector to assess, employ and manage people with autism. To learn more about The Specialist People Foundation and possible partnering opportunities visit their website at www.specialistpeople.com.


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