Specialisterne employs over 50 consultants in areas such as software testing and data validation -over 75% of them are diagnosed with some form of ASD. They are the first organization that deliberately celebrates the strengths of autism (extreme attention to detail, excellent memory, and ability to concentrate and work very systematically) and harnesses these characteristics to perform specific tasks for prominent clients in the high-tech industry. The article explores the challenges in launching this form of social enterprise that competes at full market terms do work for such clients as CSC, Microsoft and Oracle.

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Wareham, Jonathan; Sonne , Thorkil

Harnessing the power of autism spectrum disorder: Innovations case narrative: Specialisterne

09/2008
Specialisterne employs over 50 consultants in areas such as software testing and data validation -over 75% of them are diagnosed with some form of ASD. They are the first organization that deliberately celebrates the strengths of autism (extreme attention to detail, excellent memory, and ability to concentrate and work very systematically) and harnesses these characteristics to perform specific tasks for prominent clients in the high-tech industry. The article explores the challenges in launching this form of social enterprise that competes at full market terms do work for such clients as CSC, Microsoft and Oracle.
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Harnessing the power of autism spectrum disorder: Innovations case narrative: Specialisterne
Wareham, Jonathan; Sonne , Thorkil
Innovations: Technology, Governance, Globalization
Vol. 3, n 1, 09/2008, p. 11 - 27

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