Our mission is to enable jobs for people with autism by: - Providing training, education and employment - Disseminating knowledge and sharing best practices - Spreading the Specialisterne message ABOUT SPECIALISTERNE Specialisterne is a social enterprise founded in 2004 in Denmark by Thorkill Sonne, the father of a child with autism. Thorkil observed some skills in his son, such as excellent memory, ability to concentrate, ease of logical reasoning and passion for details and taking advantage of his experience in the field of information technology (IT), gathered these two points, developing the first initiative for training and employ people with autism. Another important aspect of the cr... read more Our mission is to enable jobs for people with autism by: - Providing training, education and employment - Disseminating knowledge and sharing best practices - Spreading the Specialisterne message ABOUT SPECIALISTERNE Specialisterne is a social enterprise founded in 2004 in Denmark by Thorkill Sonne, the father of a child with autism. Thorkil observed some skills in his son, such as excellent memory, ability to concentrate, ease of logical reasoning and passion for details and taking advantage of his experience in the field of information technology (IT), gathered these two points, developing the first initiative for training and employ people with autism. Another important aspect of the creation of this initiative is the prevalence of 1 in every 59 people diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder worldwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), combined with the high unemployment rate of people with autism, which is nearly 80%, according to the United Nations. Specialisterne Brazil's office is located in Sao Paulo City since 2015. The training provides people with autism (Asperger and High functioning autism) with technical and social skills needed for the labor market. The training program lasts about 4 months (400 hours). Assessment and monitoring criteria are conducted in a very individualized way. The methodology is used to enhance the characteristics and abilities (excellent memory, logical reasoning and attention to detail, ability to recognize patterns and to detect errors, perseverance, honesty and integrity) of people with autism, allowing them to have an above average performance in certain tasks, providing a competitive advantage for companies in different sectors. The consulting services offered by Specialisterne include: data processing and documents that involve recording, migration, scanning and BPO, software testing, quality assurance and other advanced services such as software development, monitoring, statistics analysis, big data and systems security. The number of people with autism attending the program is 140 including consultants (already hired), people who are still getting prepared for the labor market and also those who had undergone training at Specialisterne. Project Stages: 1. Candidate Search The search for candidates occurs through diverse sources. In addition to the partnership of Specialisterne with professionals and Associations working in the field of autism, some media appearances or the news of Specialisterne on the Facebook page and Web page help us to reach the candidates. Through participation in events, we also explain the job opportunities provided for Specialisterne and examples of the types of projects we work with. There are candidates who find Specialisterne when conducting internet searches by associating terms such as autism and the labor market. 2. Candidates' entry process to initiate training To participate in the Program it is necessary to be of legal age, motivated for work and be interested in the IT field. The entry process initially involves completing a request form. In this document, the applicant describes the interest in being part of Specialisterne and if he/she needs some kind of adaptation for the interview. The candidates also describe, among other information, the preferred means of communication for clarifying doubts, when Specialisterne contacts them (email, telephone or messages). After sending the form, the interview is scheduled, according to the adaptations necessary for the candidate to feel comfortable and calm. Participation in the interview of a relative or professional accompanying the candidate is at his discretion. As an example, the interview begins with a brief script of what will happen at that moment (1) explanation about the Specialisterne Program, entry process and hiring conditions, after the Training Course; (2) Questions about the candidate's interest and motivations. Each information is given in a clear, objective and direct away. Through specific questions, we check if there is a clear understanding and if there are any remaining doubts. At the end, the candidate receives feedback about whether it will be possible to continuous the selection process taking part in the Lego Hangout. If so, the candidate receives information about what he/she may expect to happen during the Hangout and may clarify any doubts. The Lego Hangout lasts 3 hours. Each candidate, builds a robot step by, following visual instructions provided by a manual. The IT teacher and a psychologist gives all the support needed for the candidates to feel comfortable and confident. After a fifteen-minute break for a snack and a rest, the candidates return to the Hangout room to perform simple programming activities with a Robot (Lego Mindstorms). Training and capacity building program (4 months) The training team is comprised of professionals and psychologists specialized in autism, who apply an specific Model of Competences with monitoring criteria and individual assessments. Due to the specificity of the population served and the need for continuous and individualized support, the groups are composed of 12 people. The training program lasts 4 months, with 400 hours of training. It is composed of 3 phases (adaptation, specialized training and practical projects) divided into 2 areas, which are: IT and soft skills. The assessment process is continuous through the 5 months. 3. Contracting, support and follow-up After the 4 months of training, we look for work opportunities with partner companies for a possible professional placement of the students. The management of the consultants in the companies happens mainly through the Coach sessions with the employee and his reference person in the company. The development is based on a Competency Model developed specifically for people with Autism working in the IT field.
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