The Digital Economy
and why people on the autism spectrum must be included
News Coverage of Autism as an Asset in Employment
According to national press coverage, "A quiet movement is growing around the globe to help transform the unique attributes of people with ASD into sought after job skills." Individuals with ASD pay intense attention to detail, have single-minded focus and a willingness to work on something repetitively until perfect.
CBS This Morning: Software Company Hires Autistic Adults for Specialized Skills
Patrick Viesti finally landed a job, with SAP, a company that does software testing, data analysis, and quality control in the tech world. SAP was founded by Thorkl Sonne who was inspired by his son who has autism, and saw the amazing skills sets that people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can bring to the IT marketplace if only businesses could look past the social skills that aren't part of the makeup of these individuals. Here's Patrick's story and background on SAP.
One Father's #BigIdea: Helping Those with Autism Find Technology Jobs - NBC News
nonPareil Institute, a nonprofit organization, is training students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in a broad range of software skills that are being sought after by technology companies. As the industry demand increases, so is the hiring of these young adults.
This "Success Story" Film Captures Best Buy Employee, Ryan Hemphill
Disability Hasn't Stopped Tallahassee Man From Living a Dream
Thursday October 22, 2009 10:16 PM
Lane Henderson is Someone You Should Know
October is not only breast cancer awareness month, but it's also Disability Employment Awareness month.
Lane Henderson does a good job at a lot of things. The 27 year old has been working at FSU's mag lab for about a year, making 3-D models, optical equipment, and working on perfecting telescopes for different functions.
"When I first met Lane, he walked in a with a CD of his resume on it and told me about his art website," said speech coach Tim Wescoat.
But Lane isn't like every other kid. About three years ago, he went to see a counselor because something just didn't feel right.
"I was kind of surprised at first. It explained a lot of things about myself."
Lane was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, a type of autism. He's been aware of the condition for three years now. But it's never slowed him down, in fact, it's made him work even harder and strive for more.
"It does motivate me when I think about it."
"I'd like to have my own business."
The SAIL high school grad is making his way through Innovation Park, designing, modeling, and doing whatever his boss asks of him. And looking through his telescope, it appears the future looks bright for a young man who's just looking for a chance.
Autism Seen as Asset, Not Liability, in Some Jobs—MSNBC.Com
Ron Brix's longtime job as a computer systems developer for Wrigley, the gum and candy maker, required intense attention to detail, single-minded focus and a willingness to work on something repetitively until perfect. The secret he credits to his success? Autism...
For Some Jobs, Asperger's Syndrome Can Be an Asset – National Public Radio
We're talking a lot about unemployment these days, and here's one striking figure: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, fewer than 20 percent of the disabled people in the country have work - which gets us to a suburb outside of Chicago that's helping people with a form of autism...
Video Games: Play and Learn. Bruce Bisping, Star Tribune