About Specialisterne


About

Specialisterne USA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, providing programs for talent and career development for autistic people. Specialisterne USA’s goal is to enable 100,000 jobs in the United States by 2025.

Specialisterne USA is part of the global Specialisterne group managed by Specialisterne Foundation. Specialisterne USA shares knowledge and contacts with the Specialisterne operations and their partners in 17 countries throughout the world.

Specialisterne (Danish for “The Specialists”) is an innovative social business concept originally founded in Denmark by Thorkil Sonne. Since 2004, Specialisterne has been internationally recognized as the first and foremost example of a company paving the way for innovative companies to benefit from diversity by including autistic people in competitive jobs.

Specialisterne was recognized as Non-Governmental Organization by the United Nations Department of Public Information in 2015 and Thorkil Sonne was recognized as an Ashoka Fellow in 2009.
In this Forbes article, Specialisterne was called the “gold standard” of neurodiversity as a leader giving employers access to the autism advantage: attention to detail, high accuracy, innovative thinking and honesty.

Impact

Specialisterne is known as the front runner in paving the way for innovative companies such as SAP and Microsoft to benefit from diversity by including autistic people in competitive jobs. We call it the Autism Advantage.

Specialisterne’s model for assessment and employment has been adapted for jobs such as data analysts, quality controllers, coders and software testers by employers such as SAP, Microsoft, IBM, JP Morgan Chase, Capital One and the State of Delaware. Since 2013, Specialisterne USA has enabled approximately 200 jobs in 8 states across the U.S. in partnership with community agencies and corporate partners.

The impact will be significant:

  • Autistic people will have career choices and become independent
  • Families will worry less about the future for their autistic family member
  • Employers will be able to fill vacant jobs and grow their business
  • Society will make better use of talent and expand the labor market

We have created momentum for employers demonstrating an interest in the Autism Advantage. Since 2014, we have tested our pre-employment program with autistic high schools students with very promising results. We have seen autistic students in active teamwork with robotics, unfold leadership and entrepreneurship skills that teachers had not been aware of.

Vision

A world where people are given equal opportunities in the labor market.

Mission

To educate stakeholders in talent and career development for autistic people through innovation, collaboration and knowledge sharing.

Values

  • Respect
  • Clarity
  • Accommodation
  • Accessibility

Help us spread the news

You can help us spread the message of appreciation of autistic people in the labor market by sharing the dandelion story and news about Specialisterne in your network.

Ready to utilize the Autism Advantage?

If you are ready for talent and career development, click to learn more about Specialisterne’s services and check out the FAQ.