Specialisterne (which translates from Danish as ‘The Specialists’) is an innovative social business concept originally founded in Denmark in 2004. Specialisterne is internationally recognised as the first and foremost example of how autistic adults can become effectively included in society and provide valuable, high quality services to their employers.
Specialisterne works to enable jobs for autistic adults through social entrepreneurship, innovative employment models and a national change in mindset. We believe that it is not the autistic individual who needs to change, but rather the way the labour market is conducted.
Our key tenant is to shift the focus from ‘disability’ and instead focus on an individuals ‘specialist abilities’.
The global vision is to enable one million careers for people on the autism spectrum through social entrepreneurship, corporate sector engagement and a global change in mind-set. In Australia our portion of this pledge is 12, 000 careers by 2025.
This employment concept has been successfully implemented around the world in Denmark, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Spain, USA, and our global Specialisterne Foundation (links below).
A world where people are given equal opportunities in the labour market.
To educate stakeholders in talent and career development for autistic people through innovation, collaboration and knowledge sharing.