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The Toxic Mite
July 17th, 2009, 02:37 PM
Hey guys!

My mother just sent me a link to a BBC News article about Specialisterne, a computer company that employs people with autistic spectrum disorder.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/8153564.stm

This will probably be a good time for me to announce something.


I have autism

One of my mates, who goes trainspotting with me, told me that I might find it difficult to get a job. But this article has inspired me a little.

Here's the link to the Specialisterne homepage:

http://www.specialisterne.dk/html/english/home.html

-TTM-

stwschool
July 17th, 2009, 02:44 PM
A fairly large percentage of programmers are somewhere on the autistic spectrum so actually no it doesn't make a blind bit of difference. As long as your code's good, you'll get a job.

Grenage
July 17th, 2009, 02:49 PM
Aye, autism can have a flip-side, like many conditions. It's great to see a firm taking advantage of that fact; everyone wins.

Islington
July 17th, 2009, 02:57 PM
+1 for interesting.

reddited: http://www.reddit.com/r/reddit.com/comments/923fv/

Swarms
July 17th, 2009, 03:08 PM
Probably being captain obvious here, but the company's name means "The Specialists".

tacantara
July 17th, 2009, 03:15 PM
As a father to two autistic children (one of whom is "tagged" as having Asperger's Syndrome) and uncle to one other, I think this is excellent news. I've heard of similar employment opportunities in the States for persons with autism.

Dragonbite
July 17th, 2009, 03:46 PM
Good read, and encouraging. I would be interested in finding how they are doing financially and how is their productivity.

We're having the "autism" and especially "asperger" being tossed around regarding our kids and know of some people with similar issues so this is an article of encouragement for them I hope.

Recently, though, autism and aspie has been pushed to the back burner, behind ADHD, but hasn't been taken off the stove yet.

Glad to see there is a growing awareness of this condition.