Microsoft, which previously has helped educate autistic children, is now launching a pilot program to hire adults with autism.
The effort was first announced in a blog post by vice president of worldwide operations Mary Ellen Smith, who also has a 19-year-old son with autism. From the blog post:
It’s simple, 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. It’s a talent pool that we want to continue to bring to Microsoft!
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Last year, Microsoft added coverage to its insurance plan to offer an expensive but "promising therapy for autistic children", according to the Re/Code. Since then, other tech companies, such as Qualcomm and Apple, have followed suit.