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Specialisterne Foundation

Specialisterne Foundation is a not-for-profit foundation with the goal to generate meaningful employment for one million autistic/neurodivergent persons through social entrepreneurship, corporate sector engagement and a global change in mindset.

SPECIALISTERNE FOUNDATION

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About Specialisterne

 

 

We value the

characteritics of autistic people.

Specialisterne is an organization founded in Denmark in 2004 that operates in an innovative way in the social field, with a direct or indirect presence in 23 countries, dedicated to the employment inclusion of people on the autism spectrum.

We work with companies from all sectors to help them gain competitiveness and achieve a positive social impact by welcoming neurodivergent talents into their teams. At the same time, we train new professionals with a diagnosis of autism or Asperger’s to become qualified consultants in administrative and digital technologies, such as software testing, software programming or data and document management

Specialisterne is the name of the Danish foundation and the original concept developed by the founder, Thorkil Sonne, and in Danish it means “the specialists”. The Specialisterne brand belongs to the Specialisterne Foundation, which works with the goal of creating one million jobs worldwide for neurodivergent people through social entrepreneurship, engaging businesses and the public sector, and raising awareness on autism and other neurodivergent conditions. The Specialisterne Foundation is associated with the United Nations.

Our logo is the dandelion seed.”

 

For most people, the dandelion is a weed, something that needs to be eradicated from our lawns and flowerpots. But what many don’t know is that dandelion is one of the most valuable and useful plants in nature, known for its healing and medicinal properties. The value of the dandelion depends largely on the knowledge that each has of this plant, which can be used in the production of beer and wine, in salads and as a natural medicine. Simply put, grow it and you will reap the rewards.

Weed or medicine? The choice is yours. The value of what you see depends on your gaze

There is a clear parallel between the perception of the dandelion in nature and the perception of people on the autism spectrum as potential employees. At Specialisterne, we see the value neurodivergent people can bring where others don’t.

The blue square of the logo around the dandelion represents a sky full of opportunities; it has a rounded corner to indicate that, in a labor market that may appear rigid, we try to create an environment that can adapt to the uniqueness of individuals. Specialisterne’s letter I is yellow, like the dandelion seed that has finally matured into flower.

Our motto “Passion for details” underlines the core of all our activities and is integrated into the heart of our company.

VIEW:

A world where people have the same opportunities in the job market.

 

MISSION:

PROVIDE TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT TO NEURODIVERGENT PEOPLE.
DISSEMINATE THE VALUE OF NEURODIVERSITY IN THE WORKPLACE.
DISSEMINATE OUR KNOWLEDGE AND SHARE OUR BEST PRACTICES

VALUES:

Respect: We strive to create a work environment that embraces diversity and respects the requirements of individuals, their needs, and their abilities.

Adaptation: We listen, learn and support each other.

Accessibility: We share knowledge and experiences and collaborate openly with our external partners.

Transparency: We keep our promises and work towards clear goals.

Sustainability and scalability: We strive to replicate the Specialisterne model and multiply its social impact in an economically sustainable way.