Specialisterne

A company specialised in providing employment to people with autism or Asperger syndrome for their ability to effectively perform repetitive tasks that require a lot of concentration, such as data entry and programme testing. The goal is to create one million jobs for people with autism and transform society’s perception of people with this condition. 

Denmark
Impact indicators

Outputs:

  • More than 1,000 individuals with autism have been trained and employed by Specialisterne and its partner companies, including SAP, Hewlett-Packard and Avnet Solutions.
  • The company operates in 15 countries and its turnover is over three million Euros.

 

Impacts:

  • 40% of participants in training progress to become IT consultants in Specialisterne Denmark. 

  • The results of a survey of employees showed that 100% felt the transition from being on welfare to being employed by Specialisterne has had a positive impact on their lives. 

Entrepreneur

Thorkil Sonne.
This Works Summit by Ashoka (2016). Associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information (2015). Social Entrepreneur Award, Schwab Foundation (2012).

In 2013, the company began its activities in Spain and the Specialisterne team participated in the Momentum Project program of ESADE and BBVA.

In 2014, it opened its headquarters in Madrid and received the recognition 'Impulsors de la innovació social' by Barcelona City Council. 

From Spain, Specialisterne has worked on expanding into Brazil, has conducted preliminary feasibility studies in Mexico and Andorra, and is currently doing one in Portugal.

In 2014, it had 10 consultants on staff. In 2015, it employed 20 consultants and had 36 candidates in training.

It works for large IT consultancy firms (including Sogeti, Everis, Avnet), as well as financial institutions and large companies (e.g. Agbar), computer security companies (Safelayer) and others specialised in big data (Innoquant).

It holds 4 training courses a year in both Barcelona and Madrid. In 2015, it held its first training course in Sao Paulo, with 8 candidates.