Thursday, 4 June 2015

Briefly: Microsoft, Others Actively Hiring Autistic Programmers

Many people with autism, which impedes social and communication skills, are unemployed, and those who work often have low-paying jobs. Essentially, they have very poor social and communication skills.  Interviews are hard because many have trouble making eye contact and are sensitive to noise or light. Yet, people with autism spectrum have proven to be good at software debugging, recognizing data patterns and extremely smart on repetitive jobs -  a good fit for the technology industry. 

A group of with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) achieved a milestone by assisting the New York based company - Ultra to find 10 times more software bugs than before.

Recognizing their potential,  Microsoft Corp., SAP SE, Freddie Mac and HP Australia have introduced programs to hire people with ASD as programmers, an initiative that will boost their morale and also explore their latent skills.

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