Using Autism as an Advantage
Specialisterne is a Danish IT consultancy that hires a large number of employees with autism-spectrum disorders.
Specialisterne is a Danish word for specialists, and the name of an IT consultancy that hires a large number of employees with autism-spectrum disorders. Thorkil Sonne (his son is autistic) started the company in 2004 as a way to transform autism’s hyper-focus into a benefit rather than a problem.
Turning autism into a selling point does require a little extra effort: Specialisterne employees typically complete a five-month training course, and clients must be prepared for a somewhat unusual working relationship. But once on the job, the consultants stay focused beyond the point when most minds go numb. As a result, they make far fewer mistakes. One client who hired Specialisterne workers to do data entry found that they were five to 10 times more precise than other contractors.