“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” Barack Obama
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. We define them as “specialist people” – specialists with a business potential that can be realised through special understanding and management.
Our Mission is to collect and share knowledge that will help people with autism thrive and excel on the labour market by:
- Supporting the development and international roll-out of Specialisterne – local licencees that base their business model on the concept of assessing, training and employing people with autism.
- Support labour market stakeholders in the integration of people with autism into the labour market.
- Create respect and awareness of the skills and rights of people with autism based on the UN Convention, The Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).
Our Goal is to create one million jobs for people with autism.
Specialisterne Foundation owns 100% of Specialisterne Denmark, a company that actively works to hire employees with autism, and to assess, train and secure employment in the corporate sector for people with autism. Since its start in 2004, Specialisterne Denmark has supported more than 230 individuals with autism by creating job profiles and providing assessment.
Today, the company has 30 consultants who perform valuable IT services, such as software testing, data registration, quality control and information packaging for a number of the leading IT and telecommunication companies around the world. In 2009, Specialisterne Denmark started a three-year Youth Education Programme for young people aged 16 to 25, which today has 29 students.