SPECIALISTERNE USA

neurodiversity at work

aka Specialisterne USA   |   New York, NY   |  https://specialisterneusa.com/

Mission

Our Vision A world where people are given equal opportunities in the labor market. Our Mission To educate stakeholders in talent and career development for neurodiverse people through innovation, collaboration and knowledge sharing. Our Values Respect Clarity Accommodation Accessibility

Notes from the nonprofit

Companies are in a war for talent and are currently screening out some of the best candidates. Hiring neurodiverse individuals is not a charitable cause, it is an essential strategy and business priority to win the war for talent. Companies must educate themselves to build and nurture a neurodiverse inclusive culture. A culture of understanding and accommodation, education and acceptance. There is no effective, trusted way autistic and other neurodiverse people gain meaningful employment. To end this, Specialisterne USA, which Harvard calls "the gold standard of neurodiversity" has partnered with Vanderbilt Kennedy Center to share their intellectual property with Pre-ETS teachers, social workers, speech therapists, occupational therapists, Community Agencies etc, and College Career Centers and Disability Centers. The Specialization Vanderbilt Kennedy Center WRaP online facilitator training program is the only Pre-ETS training course approved under the WIOA act.

Ruling year info

2012

CEO

Mr. Alan Kriss

Main address

1441 Broadway 3rd Floor

New York, NY 10018 USA

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Formerly known as

Specialisterne Minnesota

EIN

45-3612906

NTEE code info

Employment Training (J22)

Business, Youth Development (O53)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (J05)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Specialisterne Foundation is an international, award winning social enterprise setting the “gold standard” for neurodiversity employment. Specialisterne was founded in 2004 by Thorkil Sonne after Sonne’s young son was diagnosed with the disorder, when he realized we should focus on the ability of neurodiversity: attention to detail, high accuracy, innovative thinking, loyalty and honesty rather than the “disability”. In 2012, Specialisterne USA, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization began the Autism Advantage movement in the USA starting the highly successful SAP and Microsoft autism employment programs. Under Thorkil’s leadership, the momentum has grown across sectors throughout the US. Smart business leaders know they need to tap into the neurodiversity talent pool and are happy to work with Specialisterne USA to benefit from it. We are now ready to pioneer online training and stackable credentials to help the supply side keep up with corporation and employer demand.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Neurodiverse Talent Inclusion

Specialisterne USA, a non-profit social enterprise that pioneered the Autism @ Work movement in the US. Specialisterne USA partners with corporations, universities, high schools, and community agencies to create change by examining traditional recruiting, training and on-boarding practices to help companies to employ work ready neurodiverse talent.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Specialisterne enables the corporate sector to get access to a huge untapped pool of talent among autistic people.
The corporate sector can get access to the valuable skill sets by working with Specialisterne as trusted partner to hire directly or through a consultancy model.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Specialisterne will come out to your high school over four weeks, where students will learn the skills employers are looking for through an interactive and fun Curriculum, including Lego Mindstorms.

This Pre-Employment Transition Service (ETS) program is designed to teach social skills and teamwork skills that will be needed for success at work to high school students. The program also provides the opportunity for students to participate in new job matching assessments and to use new assistive technologies being developed at Vanderbilt. In addition, the program provides the opportunity for students to connect with prospective area employers.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Where we work

Awards

Global Innovation in Autism Employment 2013

Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children (CSAAC)

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The goal of Specialisterne USA is to enable 100,000 jobs for autistic people in the US by 2025.

The strategy is to scale the autism advantage in a spirit of innovation, collaboration and knowledge sharing by:
• establishing center for research, development, documentation and education to ensure quality and scale of programs for education, transition, employment and career development for autistic people
• educating people involved in talent development (such as autistic individuals, parents, teachers) and career development (such as managers, councillors, coaches)
• training and supporting partners for distribution of operational programs for job creation

The impact will be significant:
• employers will be able to fill vacant jobs and grow their business
• autistic people will have career choices and become independent
• families will worry less about the future for their autistic family member
• society will give the labor market access to an untapped pool of talent

The social return of investment will be staggering for states that will reduce costs for support and get more tax revenue from employees and companies. As an indication, PriceWaterhouseCoopers has estimated an improvement of GDP by $ 158,000 per year per autistic person going from unemployment into a high tech job.

Ensuring that every autistic and other neurodiverse person who wants a meaningful career, gets a meaningful career.
Specialisterne is considered “The Gold Standard of Neurodiversity” by Harvard Business School because of our comprehensive and multi-tiered change management approach to recruitment and on-boarding. As companies undertake initiatives to improve their workforce by including neurodiverse individuals we are there to drive change through support in planning, training, sourcing, assessing and transitioning employees. We address change first internally by examining your company’s processes and attitudes. Our goal is to create an environment for diversity to thrive. Simultaneously we use our expansive network to source, recruit and prepare individual candidates, understanding their strengths and what they can offer an organization.

Specialisterne USA is a non-profit social enterprise that pioneered the Autism @ Work movement in the US. We partner with corporations, universities, high schools, and community agencies to create change by examining traditional recruiting, training and on-boarding practices to help companies to employ work ready neurodiverse talent.
Successful organizations realize standardized recruitment processes leave autistic and other neurodiverse talent behind. They know tapping into neurodiversity will bring new solutions to their teams, enhanced productivity and an increased bottom line. But understanding how to best access, recruit, onboard and manage neurodiverse talent can seem like an overwhelming endeavor.

By helping companies transform their traditional recruiting and talent acquisition models, and training managers to welcome and embrace neurodiversity, Specialisterne is helping systems across the globe to utilize the inherent skills of autistic and neurodiverse talent to create value for all.

In five years, we have placed over 600 autistic people in meaningful employment. We started the Microsoft, SAP, JPMorgan Chase, Bloomberg, IPG Mediabrands, CAI, IBM, PwC, Willis Towers Watson, ETS, Capitol One, The Precisionists (TPI), Hill Top Preparatory, Landmark Education, Currey Ingram Academy, NYU Nest to name a few.

We have a collaboration with Vanderbilt Kennedy Center to create an online curriculum, already approved under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, call the Workforce Readiness and Preparation (WRaP) course, aimed to train Pre-Employment Transition Teachers with the skills they need to have their autistic students become "work ready" and on a path to meaningful employment.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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SPECIALISTERNE USA

Board of directors
as of 5/3/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. V.R. Ferose

SAP

Term: 2019 - 2021

Kristin Wadhwa

Goldman Sachs

Dr William McMahon

University of Utah

Amy Gravino

A.S.C.O.T Consulting

Thorkil Sonne

Founder, Specialisterne

Anthony Pacilio

JPMorgan Chase

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/29/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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