Microsoft To Hire People With Autism For Diversification
Diversification in hiring practices is always considered as a plus in a company’s overall ranking. Likewise Microsoft has decided to hire people with autism, starting this May. Specialisterne is the firm which is going to assist Microsoft in terms of training and finding positions.
10-full time positions will be offered to individuals diagnosed on the autism scale in the company’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington. A lot of empathy also has a role to play in the initiation of this program as corporate vice president of worldwide operations Mary Ellen Smith, whose 19 year old son is also diagnosed with autism, says on the company’s Microsoft on The Issues blog:
Microsoft is stronger when we expand opportunity and we have a diverse workforce that represents our customers. People with autism bring strengths that we need at Microsoft, each individual is different, some have amazing ability to retain information, think at a level of detail and depth or excel in math or code.
This is not the very first time Microsoft has taken such a step, the company is considered to be a pioneer with such efforts. Because in 2001, the company moved on to expand its health benefits plan which incorporated an effective therapy for children suffering with autism; setting a precedent for other tech giants like Cisco, Oracle, Apple and Qualcomm.
Alongside such major initiatives, the company is keen on educating its employees on the Autism spectrum disorders and also organizing hackathons to bring forth possible solutions for people with Autism.
All interested applicants wishing to avail this opportunity should email their resumes to Microsoft at firstname.lastname@example.org.