Specialisterne is an internationally recognized leader in harnessing the talents of people on the autism spectrum by providing them with the opportunity to sustain meaningful employment. Originally founded in Denmark by Thorkil Sonne, Specialisterne now operates in eleven other countries around the world. Canada is the newest addition to this growing global organization.
For over a decade, Specialisterne has developed hiring and management practices that enable the employment of people on the spectrum by removing the barriers to once inaccessible industries and careers. We are working to prove the business value in hiring people who think and communicate differently and to build capacity for neurodiversity in the labour market.
Specialisterne Canada Inc. is a not-for-profit Canadian organization focused on services for employers, employees, as well as outreach and public education. We are closely aligned with our partner, the Specialist People Foundation (SPF) in Denmark, and its affiliates around the globe. The shared goal of these organizations is to enable one million jobs worldwide for people on the autism spectrum and similar challenges.
Our goal in Canada is 25 thousand jobs.
People affected by autism are an underestimated, under‐utilized resource in Canada, rich in individuals with tremendous skills in (and unique perspectives of) art, science, technology, engineering, mathematics and more. Cultivating this talent and matching it with meaningful work is not only the right thing to do for people on the autism spectrum, but is crucial to keeping Canadian businesses at the front lines of innovation.
For a more detailed report on the socio-economic value of Specialisterne’s model, see our most recent third party reviewed social impact analysis from Denmark.