German business software company SAP will start to employ people with autism as software testers, programmers and data quality assurance specialists across the world as it teams up with Denmark's Specialisterne. Specialisterne works to assess, train and employ individuals with autism as consultants in IT and other sectors with technically oriented tasks and jobs. SAP will become the first company to work with Specialisterne on a global basis.
SAP promised that 1 percent of its 65,000-strong workforce would be people with autism by 2020. This move shows that SAP recognizes that approximately 1 percent of the world’s population is on the autism spectrum and should be equally represented in the workforce. SAP clearly sees a great value in the population of people with autism is showing themselves to be a leader across the globe. It is our hope that other businesses around the world will follow.
Autism Speaks has created an Employment Tool Kit, written specifically for adults with autism, to help them research, find and keep employment in the current, competitive labor market. Click here to learn more about the Adult Initiatives at Autism Speaks.