Association with the UN Department of Public Information

NGO Associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information

The Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations of the United Nations Department of Public Information (UN DPI) decided at their meeting 20 November 2015 to approve Specialist People Foundation for association with the UN DPI effective immediately.

The founder of Specialist People Foundation, Thorkil Sonne, stated that the affiliation with the UN DPI is a major milestone in the history of the organisation. As experienced at the UN World Autism Awareness Day 2015, the Call to Action on employment of autistic individuals by the General Secretary Ban Ki-moon resonates among global stakeholders.

Specialist People Foundation is very excited about strengthening the ties to the UN and support the General Secretary’s Call to Action across the globe.

Dandelion Program rollout in Canberra

The succesful Dandelion program, which was first launched in Adelaide and since in Brisbane, is now available in Canberra.

“The Department of Human Services, together with Hewlett Packard Australia (HP) and Specialist People Foundation is inviting applications from people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to be part of the Dandelion program in Canberra.”

This unique program includes a three-year traineeship, representing an opportunity for young adults with ASD to enter the workforce and find meaningful employment.

Read the full media release here:

Employment opportunities in Canberra for People with Autism

Specialist People Foundation Completes HIPE4ASD Project

SPF Completes HIPE4ASD Project

HIPE logo

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. Continue reading

Specialist People Foundation and Australia Join Forces to Employ People with Autism

Specialist People Foundation and HP Australia Join Forces

For the first time in Australia, the Department of Human Services and HP Australia will work together with Specialist People Foundation to provide skilled employment for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Minister for Human Services Senator the Hon Marise Payne said an agreement between the three organisations, which will provide 12 candidates with employment through a three-year traineeship, was signed last night. Continue reading

Royal Recognition for Specialisterne in Poland

Royal Recognition for Specialisterne

Specialisterne Fundacja Polska was among the organisations profiled in the recent Danish Royal Visit to Poland. Their Royal Highnesses The Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark (pictured above with SPF COO Henrik Thomsen, Danish Minister for Health Nick Hækkerup and Specialisterne Candidate Dominik Warzecha) paid an official visit to Poland from May 12-14, heading up a Danish business promotional campaign. The visit focused on Danish-Polish trade in a number of areas, including, fashion and design, energy and the environment, and health and rehab.  The goal of the two-day event was to support and promote current Danish businesses in Poland, and to help plant new seeds of opportunity for Danish companies wishing to establish themselves there.

Her Royal Highness The Crown Princess Mary of Denmark speaking with SPF CFO Henrik Thomsen (left) and Danish Minister for Health Nick Hækkerup.

Her Royal Highness The Crown Princess Mary of Denmark speaking with SPF COO Henrik Thomsen (left) and Danish Minister for Health Nick Hækkerup.

During the visit, a number of organisations were presented to the Royal couple, including Specialisterne Fundacja Polska, which fell under the Health category. Representatives from  the Polish Foundation as well as the Specialist People Foundation had the opportunity to present the concept and methods used within Specialisterne organisations around the globe. Continue reading

Shifting the Perception of People’s Abilities

Specialisterne Founder Thorkil Sonne

Specialisterne Founder and Chairman of the Board, Thorkil Sonne, was interviewed recently for Specialist People Foundation  partner SAP’s new Diversity area on In May 2013, we announced our partnership with SAP, the aim of which was to assist us in our to goal create one million jobs for people with autism. Less than a year later, SAP has rolled out pilots in locations in India and Ireland, hiring an initial group of people on the autism spectrum, and has plans to expand to other countries in the near future. Read the full interview with Thorkil Sonne here, and read what SAP is doing in the area of Diversity and Inclusion here.

Specialisterne Launches in Northern Ireland

Launching Specialisterne in Northen Ireland


From left to right: Dame Stephanie Shirley, Shirley Foundation and Autism Speaks, Peter Brabazon, General Manager, Specialisterne Ireland, Sharon Didrichsen, Manager, Specialisterne Northern Ireland, Minister Stephen Farry, Department of Employment and Learning.

Specialisterne has set up operations in Belfast, Northern Ireland with the aim of helping 50 people with autism there secure professional jobs in the IT sector within the next five years.

“’We are very excited about the opportunities for Specialisterne to showcase how people with autism can excel in the work place given the right understanding and accommodation,” said Specialisterne Founder and Chairman of the Board Thorkil Sonne. “Northern Ireland has welcomed our mission with strong support from key stakeholders and we are looking forward to working with a number of different partners to begin making a difference in the community.” Continue reading