The Specialisterne model seeks to add value , to people with autism and similar conditions, as well as companies and other organizations that are committed to the inclusion of neurodiversity. Thus, adding value to society as a whole.
Next, we will explain our value proposition and how we measure that this value is really being obtained, largely in the form of social impact.
Also an increasing amount of companies are committed to sustainability and the generation of a positive social impact, the inclusion of people from groups with special difficulties fits very well with CSR policies, with the SDGs and with any company that wants to have a positive social impact.
The value proposition for companies that consider the inclusion of people with autism and other conditions begins, logically, with the inclusion of new talent. The need to include more talent in the organization is and should be the main reason. At Specialisterne we can help companies to find people who are especially suited to certain tasks, seeking to contribute talent with meaning.
But the value proposition goes far beyond the inclusion of new talent, it includes:
It is increasingly recognized that including profiles within neurodiversity helps to have different points of view and innovate (and opens the discussion on innodiversity).
Better team management
Many managers and teams report that including people with autism has helped them focus more on people management, clear communication, division of work based on the competencies of each person and many other aspects., Although already known, where not acted upon.
Greater loyalty of talent
Due to a combination of factors, the people we include tend to have greater loyalty to the companies for which they work, something that is especially valued in some profiles, such as IT. In general, carrying out projects with social impact such as those for the inclusion of neurodivergent people helps to generate brand pride and therefore attracts and retains.
In Spain and in many other countries there is legislation that obliges organizations to have a minimum percentage of people with a “disability certificate”. Not all people with autism and similar conditions have it, and the very wording we find to be negative. We prefer to focus on "capabilities", whilst recognising the legal compliance of companies and offering assistance in doing so.
We periodically carry out studies with the companies with which we already work to measure what economic value the people we have included are contributing and several of these aspects of additional value that they provide.
For people with autism and other conditions
The value proposition that we provide in this case may seem quite obvious (training and employment), but we prefer to specify it a little more:
Technical and socio-labor training at no cost
Our training courses are free and focus on improving the social, labor and technical skills of our students. Regardless of whether or not we can provide you with a job later on, our training has a value in itself.
We offer a large part of the people who take our training courses and also other people who already have sufficient training an employment opportunity.
Beyond the first job, we work for the professional growth of the person, so that he can tackle greater challenges and have a professional career, all with -except for very few exceptions- indefinite contracts.
We provide a labor coach figure that will work both with the team of professionals of which you will be part and, above all, supporting you in what you need and guiding you in your professional growth.
With all this, we are committed to help you obtain the satisfaction of having and maintaining a job, and because you achieve economic autonomy and personal fulfillment.
For society as a whole
Does society compensate for the resources necessary for the training and support of the people we train and employ? At Specialisterne we have shown that yes, an investment in time to support people from certain groups, however expensive it may seem, can even end up being profitable from an economic point of view with respect to the option of doing nothing, apart from contributing to a fairer and more inclusive society.
The Specialisterne model has already been evaluated in this way twice:
- Specialisterne Impact Analysis Report, published in late 2013, focusing on the effect in Denmark. His main conclusion from an economic point of view: Every Danish krone invested in a Specialisterne employee with autism generates 2.20 kronor in taxes and contributions to the Danish state coffers. See more details here or directly a summary of the report.
- Report “Realizing Potential”, prepared by PwC in Australia, based on the experience of the “Dandelion Program”. This report explores the social and economic benefits and includes testimonials from people with autism who are already working as software testers.