German Firm Seeks To Recruit Autistics
The multinational software firm SAP announced today that hundreds of people with autism would be recruited to work in the firm. Their capacity to focus and spot problems is of particular interest to the firm's managers.
Around one per cent of the world’s population has autism, and the firm said that it is seeking to mirror this percentage in its 65,000-strong global workforce.
SAP spokesman Hilmar Schepp said: “What we saw [in the pilots] is that people with autism have fantastic strengths in IT-related matters, software development, testing and quality assurance. We found that they can focus on specific topics and are really eager to find mistakes.”
The German software firm ensured that each of its autistic employees had a nominated colleague to be a single point of contact. “They need this trusted person to make it through the day,” Mr Schepp said. “They need a single person who can help them, and to be safe in their environment.”
SAP’s recruitment drive, which will begin this year in the US, Canada and Germany, is the biggest announcement to date in a trend for IT firms to hire workers with autism.
In her 2003 novel Speed of Dark, sf author Elizabeth Moon writes (from the first person) about the experience of an autistic process analyst who works for a large company that hires many autistic employees. I haven't read the novel (it's now on my list!), so I don't have a good quote.
Via Telegraph. Thanks to S. Sabo for the heads-up on this story, and the references.
Scroll down for more stories in the same category. (Story submitted 5/22/2013)
Follow this kind of news @Technovelgy.
| Email | RSS | Blog It | Stumble | del.icio.us | Digg | Reddit |
you like to contribute a story tip?
Get the URL of the story, and the related sf author, and add
Comment/Join discussion ( 2 )
Related News Stories -
Greenhouse Plugin Reveals Your Congressman's Money Sources
'Fuller details may be obtained by punching the code number...'- John Brunner, 1975
Michael Jackson, Resurrected
Singing an original song, no less.
Napping Station Now At UofM Library
'Then he strolled across the dayroom to the hypnoteleset...'- Pohl and Kornbluth, 1952.
Russia Bans Cursing, Demolition Man Morality Device Next
'John Spartan, you are fined five credits for repeated violations of the verbal morality statute.'- Demolition Man, 1993.
Technovelgy (that's tech-novel-gee!)
is devoted to the creative science inventions and ideas of sf authors. Look for
the Invention Category that interests
you, the Glossary, the Invention
Timeline, or see what's New.
New Material Is One Molecule Thick
'Hasan always pitched a Gauzy - a one-molecule-layer tent...'
Robot Swarm Obeys Commands
'What is the nature of this cloud? What is your opinion?'
AliveCor App Detects Heart Arrhythmias, Has FDA Approval
Works on humans and puppeteers.
Laws Of Robotics Rewritten for Health Care
A lot has happened in health care robotics since 1942...
Origami Robot Finally Self-Assembles, Walks On Its Own
Now shipping flat, but better than Ikea, because self-assembling.
A.L.O. Robot Butler Serves You At Aloft Hotel
'Her idea of what a butler-valet combo should look like...'
Mometum Machines Burgerbot
'One of these gorgeous eating places where we were served entirely by mechanical apparatus...'
Google Lobbies For Autonomous Motorcycles
'He had never ridden any motorized device that lacked onboard steering and balance systems.'
No Cages In Future Zoos Is Zootopia?
'The park... twisted through specimens from every inhabited planet of the known universe.'
Navdy HeadUp Display (HUD) For Your Car
'All displays are thrown on a mirror in front of you...'
Computer 'Aesop' Writes Fables With A Moral
'I handed Tony the master tape and he played it into the IBM'
Artificial Wombs - Ectogenesis Technology - Is On The Way
'Magnificent, aren't they? (Lama Su, in Star Wars II)
Robotic Exoskeleton For Shipyard Workers
'Earth's scientists solved the problem... devising rigid metallic clothing not unlike armor...'
Timeful Appointment App Learns, Optimizes Your Routines
'The [Daily Schedule program] suited its tone to his movements and the combined analysis of his psychophysical condition.'
3D Printing Your Science-Fictional Metals
I love science-fictional materials!
Bespoke Clothing In 30 Minutes
'He sat himself down in a sales cubicle and dialed the code number for kilts.'
More SF in the News Stories
More Beyond Technovelgy science news stories