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Recent discussion has revolved around the terms autism awareness vs autism acceptance and how we need to take action to show people with autism that they are accepted as contributing citizens. Today I would like to say, let us take it even further and strive for inclusion. Society is not made up of a homogenous group, but rather relies on a vast spectrum of individuals with unique skills and preferences to function as a whole. German multinational software company SAP AG recognizes this and is at the forefront of autism inclusion with their Autism at Work initiative. Not only are they accepting of autism, but they are actually promoting employment of people with autism to improve engagement, productivity, and retention rate.
The following recent webcast, Turning Disability into a Differentiator by Leveraging the Talents of People with Autism, is an interview with SAP AG's Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer - Anka Wittenberg and Specialisterne's Chairman Founder of the Board - Thorkil Sonne.
Both Anka and Thorkil speak about focusing on the strengths of people with differing abilities and pushing for a diverse workplace to reflect the diverse community that the company are servicing.
Watching videos like this inspire me and encourage me for the future of our children with differing abilities. Do you know of a company who see autism as an asset? Let us name and fame them!
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