The Specialist People Foundation works to enable one million jobs for people with autism and similar challenges through social entrepreneurship, corporate sector engagement and a global change in mind-set. We work with stakeholders around the world to bring about our vision of a world where people are given equal opportunities in the labor market.

The foundation owns the Specialisterne concept and trademark. Specialisterne, which translates from Danish as “the specialists”, is an innovative social enterprise providing assessment, training, education and IT consultancy services, where most of the employees are people with autism.

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Specialist People Foundation Completes HIPE4ASD Project

SPF Completes HIPE4ASD Project

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The Help for Instant Professional Efficiency for Autism Spectrum Disorder (HIPE4ASD) project is an initiative funded by the European Commission’s Leonardo da Vinci Programme. It was started in 2012 by the Specialist People Foundation and six other Eu-logoEuropean partners in France, Greece, Italy and Spain. The purpose of this project was to develop a training course for individuals involved in the care, coaching or management of people with ASD in their work place.

This project has been completed and a two to three days course has been developed to equip professionals with the knowledge and competences allowing them to make the best out of their colleagues, clients or patients with ASD. The course has been tested as part of the project design and 151 individuals have received the training throughout Europe. Among the surveyed trainee population, satisfaction rate reaches 98% and a strong impact has been felt on the work place, both by the trainees and their employers.

HIPE4ASD was completed the 7th of November 2014 in Montpellier (France) during a final event where the project’s outcomes, results and potential future exploitation plan were presented to an audience of governmental officials, ASD associations, parents and care-givers. The innovative approach and content of the project was praised and the prospects of the course’s widespread warmly welcomed.

As a partner in the HIPE4ASD consortium, the Specialist People Foundation will ensure the dissemination of the developed training course in Denmark as well as within the foundation’s international network. Part of this dissemination process will take place through an agreement with the University College Sjælland, through which HIPE4ASD courses will be delivered from 2015 to teachers and pedagogical workers who need to be equipped with ASD competences.

The HIPE4ASD project has been an insightful experience for the Specialist People Foundation through the valuable exchanges that took place at the European level to develop a state-of-the-art training course. The European Commission’s Leonardo da Vinci Programme has been a true enabler to reach this purpose, and learnings from this experience will be capitalised on for the development of Specialisterne worldwide.

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