Mi­crosoft starts pro­gram to hire HQ work­ers suf­fer­ing from autism

The China Post - - WORLD BUSINESS -

U.S. tech­nol­ogy gi­ant Mi­crosoft has launched a pi­lot pro­gram to hire autis­tic work­ers at its head­quar­ters in Wash­ing­ton state.

“Peo­ple with autism bring strengths that we need at Mi­crosoft,” Mary Ellen Smith, a cor­po­rate vice pres­i­dent wrote in a com­pany blog last week.

“Each in­di­vid­ual is dif­fer­ent, some have amaz­ing abil­ity to re­tain in­for­ma­tion, think at a level of de­tail and depth or excel in math or code. It’s a tal­ent pool that we want to con­tinue to bring to Mi­crosoft!”

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.

Mi­crosoft 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 traits that usu­ally ex­clude peo­ple

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