A few years ago I attended a presentation given by Thorkil Sonne, the founder of Specialisterne, who formed the Danish software company in order to make use of the special skills that people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can bring to the workplace.
When I spoke to Thorkil he said:
“The main benefits that autistic individuals bring to the workplace are they are methodical and exhibit great attention to detail.”
Other attributes that people with ASD can exhibit include motivation, focus, persistence, precision and the ability to follow instructions, making individuals excellent at testing and spotting errors in software code.
Three years on and it’s good to see that Thorkil has managed to establish operations in Glasgow, and has hired 10 people with ASD to work as software testers. The company has just won its first contract >>