Auticon Employs Autism
Here’s an article about the company Auticon, an award-winning IT and compliance consulting business. All of Auticon’s consultants are autistic.
Founded in Germany a few years back by former software developer, Dirk Müller-Remus who has a son with Aspergers, Müller-Remus was appalled by the dismal opportunities available to autistic adults seeking meaningful work.
As a result, Auticon was born, which currently employs 15 autistic IT consultants.
Ray Coyle, CEO of Auticon’s British offshoot, is a former lawyer and IT specialist who had this to say about the benefits of employing autistic people.
“We’ve got to be really careful with the language we use: we don’t want to give people the impression that all autistic people are IT geniuses, or that there are not neurotypical people who can do all of these things,” he says. “But in the right role, and with the right support, an autistic person will significantly outperform a neurotypical person doing the same job. We have lots of evidence to back that up.”
Coyle goes on to share this about neurodiversity, “If you’ve got a team of people on a project, and they’re all neurotypical, and your project encounters a problem, the chances are that those 20 people will all come up with the same kind of answer. Bring in someone with a totally different cognitive process and a completely different perspective, and they’ll come up with something different. And that’s invaluable.”
These quotes are just a few highlights. The article goes on to share some of the disheartening statistics about the tiny amount of autistic adults in career oriented jobs.
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