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Specialisterne Foundation

Specialisterne Foundation is a non-for-profit organization that works to enable one million jobs for people with autism and similar challenges. The foundation owns Specialisterne Denmark and the Specialisterne concept and trademark.


Autistic Masking and Veiling

Much has been written about ‘Masking’ the practice of hiding one’s autistic identity in order to conform to neurotypical models of social behaviour. The research into the impact of masking on a person concludes that it is harmful and damaging to mental and...

Honesty is Authenticity

Somewhere online I read a blog post written by a nonautistic person who claims that when an Autistic child lies people should celebrate, as the child has reached a cognitive milestone—as if lying is inherently human rather than learned behavior. This blogger, who...

Mirroring: Reflecting Behavior

Mirroring is the act of imitating the behavior of another person and is largely nonverbal communication. Mirroring is also largely unconscious, for me at least, though some people consciously mimic behavior. Politicians, for example, go through extensive training to...