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Microsoft is trying to tap into the employment potential of individuals on the autism spectrum. They have plans underway to hire individuals with autism for full-time positions at their headquarters and satellite branches. Microsoft said it will work with Specialisterne, a nonprofit that focuses on helping people with the disabilities apply their talents to work in the technology fields.
Microsoft believes they are stronger when they expand opportunity and have a diverse workforce that represents our customers. “People with autism bring strengths that we need at Microsoft, 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” as quoted in a recent Microsoft blog post.
Smith, who has a 19-year-old son with autism, said that Microsoft already works with its vendor partners to employ people with disabilities in supported employment situations for roles in event services, transportation and food services. Though the new pilot program is focused on autism, Smith said Microsoft is “passionate about hiring individuals of all disabilities.”
Microsoft has a long history of reaching out to individuals and organizations around the world to expand inclusion. Their mission includes a commitment to a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture.
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