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Microsoft launches pilot program to hire autistic people

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Microsoft is making some changes to its hiring procedures to offer autistic people opportunities to work for the company.

The Redmond-based company recently announced that it has launched a pilot program that recruit people with autism to work for Microsoft.  The program is in collaboration with Specialisterne, a venture organized by a group based in Denmark.  Overall, the goal is to tap into the talents of autistic people—be it extremely good memory or coding skills or other special traits.

Microsoft exec Mary Ellen Smith wrote in a blog last week that her company will benefit from the strengths that autistic people possess.

“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!”

“We don’t see them as people with an autism diagnosis; rather, we see them as true specialists,” according to Specialisterne’s website.

Source: Microsoft 

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