Microsoft is sure that autistic people’s special skills can help their company
The American tech giant Microsoft is considering hiring autistic persons in their company. Autism is a neurological disease consisting of difficulty in social interactions and restricted and repetitive conduct.
Individuals diagnosed with autism often develop amazing skills in different, single areas, such as mathematics, for instance. This is why the heads at Microsoft believe that autistic people will “bring strengths that we need at Microsoft”.
The program will start with 10 candidates, recommended by Specialisterne, a Denmark-based consulting firm that helps autistic people get jobs. The SAP software firm did the same thing, through the same company, in 2013. They found that people who suffer from autism have great attention to detail and are particularly suited for debugging and software testing.
Thorkil Sonne, founder of Specialisterne, discovered that tech companies who had difficulties in finding people willing to perform specific, repetitive tasks could opt for an autistic employee, who would be more than able to complete them.