International Software Company Hires Americans With ASD An international software giant that’s looking to tap the unique talents of those with autism spectrum disorder is taking on its first group of American employees with ASD. Germany-based SAP has hired workers with ASD in its California and Pennsylvania offices, bringing the number of company software developers, data quality ... News in Brief
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International Software Company Hires Americans With ASD
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News in Brief   |   June 01, 2014
International Software Company Hires Americans With ASD
The ASHA Leader, June 2014, Vol. 19, 13. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB9.19062014.13
The ASHA Leader, June 2014, Vol. 19, 13. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB9.19062014.13
An international software giant that’s looking to tap the unique talents of those with autism spectrum disorder is taking on its first group of American employees with ASD.
Germany-based SAP has hired workers with ASD in its California and Pennsylvania offices, bringing the number of company software developers, data quality assurance specialists and other employees with ASD to more than 30 worldwide.
The company sees a potential competitive advantage to hiring people whose ASD-related characteristics include exceptional focus and attention to detail, skills important in tech professions like programming, testing and quality assurance. SAP’s pilot program in India with six workers on the spectrum employed as software testers resulted in improved productivity, leading the company to expand the effort in Ireland, the United States, Canada and Germany. It aims to have 1 percent of its workforce be people with ASD by 2020.
SAP is working with the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Philadelphia chapter of The Arc as well as the California Department of Rehabilitation and the nonprofit disability service provider TransAccess to identify and train job candidates.
An internship program with the opportunity to work toward employment is also in the works for students with ASD who have software knowledge and programming skills.
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