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In a fresh development, Microsoft has launched a pilot program to hire autistic workers at its headquarters in Washington state.
Mary Ellen Smith, a corporate vice president wrote in a company blog that people with autism bring strengths that they need in the company.
Smith, who has a son with autism who is now 19, said the program builds on longstanding efforts at Microsoft to enlist people with disabilities.
The US technology giant is working on the initiative with Specialisterne, a venture started by the Specialist People Foundation in Denmark. The organization’s philosophy is to tap traits that autistic people have that can be useful to companies, for instance in software testing, programming and data entry,
The group’s website mentioned that the traits that usually exclude people with autism from the labor market are the very traits that make them valuable employees a Specialisterne, such as attention to detail, zero tolerance for errors and a persistence to get the job done.
It may be mentioned that Specialisterne had earlier assisted German technology company SAP on a venture hire workers with autism.