SPECIALISTERNE: INCLUSION THROUGH NEURODIVERSITY
Specialisterne is a non-profit social enterprise that partners with corporations, universities, high schools, and community agencies to create change by examining traditional recruiting, training and on-boarding practices to help companies to employ work-ready neurodiverse talent. Specialisterne operates in 12 countries and has so far created over 10,000 jobs for people with different abilities.
SPECIALISTERNE: ENABLING ONE MILLION JOBS
When the son of Specialisterne founder Thorkil Sonne was given the diagnosis “infantile autism, normal intelligence” at age 3, Thorkil joined and soon became president of a local chapter of Autism Denmark, where he learned that people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) seldom have a chance to use their special skills in the labour market.
After 15 years working with IT within telecommunication companies, Sonne knew the value of the skills he saw in people with ASD. With the support of his family, Thorkil was able to start up Specialisterne based on a loan on their house and his family’s belief in his vision.
Specialisterne Foundation is a not-for-profit foundation with the goal to create one million jobs globally for people with autism.
People with autism often have skills that are very valuable on the labour market, for example an outstanding memory or a remarkable eye for details.
Also, they often have a structured way of working, can think outside the box, have passion for detail and are capable of doing repetitive tasks with an unceasing enthusiasm.
Specialisterne define them as “specialist people” – specialists with a business potential that can be realised through special understanding and management.