Thursday, January 17, 2013 | Categories: Episodes
Thorkil Sonne's 'Dandelion Model' refers to the value of dandelions as herbs not weeds and similarly disabilities as a potential benefit to the workplace (photo: HckySo)
Make room in the workplace for people with Autism - Specialisterne
According to Autism Society Canada, 200-thousand Canadians are living with an autism spectrum disorder. Some show quite severe symptoms, others hardly any at all. But the chances are you haven't met any of them at work. It's not because they can't handle the work -- often it's because they can't handle job interviews -- or the noise of the workplace.
But there's a growing movement to find jobs that can take advantage of the often remarkable capabilities of autistic people. And a Danish Company is leading the way. Specialisterne specifically hires people on the autism spectrum.
Thorkil Sonne founded the company and this month he's expanding his operations to the U.S. We reached him at his office in Copenhagen.
Make room in the workplace for people with Autism - 19 yr old Jeff Lawson
Specialisterne - which is Danish for The Specialists - a company that specifically hires people with autism is an idea that's taking root in Canada. A new program is about to launch in Calgary that aims to help autistic people find fulfilling careers, primarily in IT.
Maureen Jensen is the employment Coordinator with Autism Calgary. The Calgary program aims to get people, such as 19-year-old Jeff Lawson, out of his parents' basement and into the workforce. We heard from Jeff.
Make room in the workplace for people with Autism - U of Calgary Professor
A U.S. study last year found in the first two years after high school, young autistic people had a greater than 50-percent chance of being unemployed.
This segment was produced by The Current's Liz Hoath.
Other segments from today's show:
Algerian hostage-taking & gas plant raid (Central Time Zone and West)
Ethical Hacking: Should good intentions get special protection from prosecution? (Atlantic & Eastern Time Zone)