SPECIALISTERNE NETWORK

International Specialisterne Community

Specialisterne USA

Specialisterne USA Inc., a charitable not-for-profit 503(c) American organization, focused on building a bridge between neurodivergent job seekers and employers. We support employers to tap into the talents of a neurodiverse workforce and build inclusive organizations through education, training, and advisory.

Specialisterne Foundation

Specialisterne Foundation is a nonprofit organization that works to enable one million jobs for people with autism and similar challenges.

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Making hiring processes more suitable for neurodiverse candidates takes a ton of work. There’s also a cost associated with doing it correctly. But in the end, organizations can end up generating social impact, fostering a more inclusive workplace, and – more than anything else – employing a talented, productive, and loyal employee.

“In a labor market where there is a lack of talent, you can’t afford to overlook any available pool. There are so many neurodiverse who want a chance to work and develop in their professional career, and they haven’t received too many opportunities. So, to employers, I say, ‘Don’t overlook this opportunity.’”  — Specialisterne General Manager Francesc Sistach

Attracting the Right Talent for the Right Job

According to Specialisterne General Manager Francesc Sistach, his organization not only works to help neurodivergent people develop skills and prepare themselves for lasting success in the workforce. It also collaborates with employers to help foster greater levels of inclusivity within their organizations and a better understanding of neurodiversity.

“We want organizations to be more capable of providing some accommodations and moving toward being much more of an inclusive organization,” said Sistach. “Because it’s not just about providing a job, it’s about providing a professional career.”

Unfortunately for employers, finding the right person for the right role is no small task right now. As of late 2023, 8.87 million jobs were available in the United States, along with just 4.41 million unemployed people. With two unfilled positions for every potential candidate, organizations need to do everything they can to attract, train, and eventually retain the workforce of tomorrow.

“We all need to find talent and fill jobs,” said Otto. “Specialisterne, or an organization like it, can function as a matchmaker to help. They found an open position where Thomas could add value, and they found a great candidate in him who could do the job.”

Making hiring processes more suitable for neurodiverse candidates takes a ton of work. There’s also a cost associated with doing it correctly. But in the end, organizations can end up generating social impact, fostering a more inclusive workplace, and – more than anything else – employing a talented, productive, and loyal employee like Thomas Breitschwerdt.

“In a labor market where there is a lack of talent, you can’t afford to overlook any available pool. There are so many neurodiverse who want a chance to work and develop in their professional career, and they haven’t received too many opportunities,” said Sistach.

“So, to employers, I say, ‘Don’t overlook this opportunity,’” he added.

Read the full article from AEM, “Opportunity Knocks: Hiring Neurodiverse Candidates Can Be a Win-Win For Employers and Jobseekers Alike” here: www.aem.org