SAP is a software company that has recruited 40 autistic workers globally to give them a chance to use their skills. Thorkil Sonne who promoted this project, said that while those with autism might lack the social skills recruiters are looking for, they possess many attributes high on their radar as well: intelligence and memory, the ability to see patterns and attention to detail on repetitive tasks. Many autistic adults are jobless or underemployed. "If we could use skills like I saw among people with autism
in software testing, data analysis, quality control, that would be phenomenal," Sonne said. "There is no reason why we should leave these people unemployed when they have so much talent and there are so many vacant jobs in the high tech sector.ĒAn important part of leveraging the unique skills
of autistic workers is creating a comfort zone. For example, employees with autism may suffer low self-esteem and feel stressed, but a solution to that is clearly stated goals. Also, failing to "get" the water cooler talk or sarcasm can be helped by direct communication. Jose Velasco, who heads up SAP's "Autism at Work"
program, said that "What we teach is clarity in communications, empathy, try to understand, put yourself in someone else's shoes," Velasco said. (CBS News, June 10, 2014) http://www.cbsnews.com/news/new-program-at-sap-hires-autistic-adults-for-specialized-skills/