Specialisterne Canada

Specialisterne Canada Supporting employers to tap into talents of a neurodiverse workforce & build inclusive organizations.

Specialisterne Canada specializes in helping people on the autism spectrum secure meaningful employment. Specialisterne is an internationally recognized leader in harnessing the talents of people on the autism spectrum by providing them with the opportunity to sustain meaningful employment. Originally founded in Denmark by Thorkil Sonne, Specialisterne now operates in fifteen countries around the

world. Canada is the newest addition to this growing global organization. People affected by autism are an underestimated, underutilized resource in Canada; rich in individuals with tremendous skills in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and more. Yet far too many are underemployed which can lead to disengagement and be costly for families and social services. For close to a decade, Specialisterne has been developing proven and emerging hiring and management practices that enable the employment of people on the spectrum by removing the barriers to previously inaccessible industries and careers. Our objective is to enable 25 thousand jobs for people with autism in Canada, contributing to a global objective of one million jobs. We believe there is a readiness for progressive change amongst businesses in Canada and a clear movement toward strong corporate social responsibility. Our model also includes a not for profit organization focused on supporting employment and education processes. By operating with transparency about whom we hire and why we hire them, Specialisterne will be a leader with a strong voice in the emerging social impact space in Canadian business.

Did you know… Specialisterne partners with employers in the public sector, too? In Specialisterne Australia , the Aurora...
04/11/2024

Did you know… Specialisterne partners with employers in the public sector, too?

In Specialisterne Australia , the Aurora Neurodiversity Initiative is the perfect example of how governments can create highly effective inclusive hiring programs. By the program's conclusion, over 80 neurodivergent employees will be matched with a diverse range of roles within the Australian Public Service.

Check out this short video to learn more: Hael says Aurora is life-changing.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJh3XPsyc-8

Did you know… In the United States, Goldman Sachs has partnered with Specialisterne since 2018 to train, coach, and ment...
04/10/2024

Did you know… In the United States, Goldman Sachs has partnered with Specialisterne since 2018 to train, coach, and mentor neurodivergent individuals seeking a career in Finance.

Jake Hamlin, Senior Associate, on his experience being hired through Goldman Sachs: “I’d always feared that if I didn’t hide this part of my story I’d never be welcomed, that there would always be distance, but I’ve found that the opposite to be true. The more honest I am, the closer I feel to the people around me like my colleagues and teammates.” "

Read about Jake’s story: https://www.goldmansachs.com/careers/blog/posts/living-on-the-spectrum-and-embracing-the-upsides.html

It’s  ! 👏Specialisterne partners with employers across Canada looking to hire neurodivergent candidates for a variety of...
04/09/2024

It’s ! 👏

Specialisterne partners with employers across Canada looking to hire neurodivergent candidates for a variety of different roles, and we always have new opportunities coming up.

A complete list of our current openings will be published here on Tuesdays so you don’t miss your chance to start a meaningful career!

Current Opportunities:

KPMG Neurodiversity Hiring Initiative -

• Administrative Assistant (Advisory) - Toronto, ON
• Administrative Assistant (Tax) - Toronto, ON
• Audit Associate - Toronto, ON

Application Deadline is April 21st!

To learn more and apply, please visit: https://specialisterne.applytojob.com/apply

If our current opportunities are not suitable for you at this time, you can always join our Talent Pool to be first notified when we announce new roles and get access to our free job seeker resources, including IBM SkillsBuild.

Follow us to make sure you don’t miss our weekly job updates!

Today, Specialisterne celebrates its 20th anniversary. Born in 2004 in Denmark, Specialisterne is considered a pioneer a...
04/09/2024

Today, Specialisterne celebrates its 20th anniversary. Born in 2004 in Denmark, Specialisterne is considered a pioneer and leader of a worldwide social movement to include autistic and neurodivergent people in the labor market.

The celebration takes place in the National Museum of Denmark, with the attendance of Her Majesty, the Queen Mary of Denmark, and Ane Halsboe-Jørgensen, Minister for Employment, as well as other authorities, longstanding employer partners of Specialisterne, and Specialisterne’s representatives, including Carsten Lassen, CEO of Specialisterne Denmark, and CEOs from Specialisterne offices around the world.

Read more: https://ca.specialisterne.com/press-release-specialisterne-celebrates-its-20th-anniversary/

04/09/2024

Celebrating 20 years of Neurodiversity. 20 years! 🎉

From an idea born in a Danish welfare society in 2004, to a global movement with branches in 13 countries, over 700 employees and +10,000 jobs created all over the world.

We continue to fight for a labor market where potential outweighs challenges. Where all people unfold their talents and we strengthen cohesion.

We are ready to shape the future of neurodiversity.
Are you?

Bill Mancini was diagnosed with autism in his early 40s. Before being hired as a business analyst with TD Wealth in 2021...
04/04/2024

Bill Mancini was diagnosed with autism in his early 40s. Before being hired as a business analyst with TD Wealth in 2021, Mancini had held fourteen Jobs in 23 Years. At TD, he finally found a home. Did you know that In Canada, TD has partnered with Specialisterne since 2016? Their partnership has provided over 100 full-time employment opportunities for neurodivergent individuals like Bill in a wide range of job roles.

Read his success story here:

TD works with Specialisterne to hire neurodivergent colleagues in Canada and the U.S. Read about one colleague’s life-changing experience in TD Stories.

Specialisterne is excited to announce our new   series!We partner with employers across Canada looking to hire neurodive...
04/02/2024

Specialisterne is excited to announce our new series!

We partner with employers across Canada looking to hire neurodivergent candidates for a variety of different roles, and we always have new opportunities coming up.

A complete list of our current openings will be published here on Tuesdays so you don’t miss your chance to start a meaningful career!

Current Opportunities:

KPMG Neurodiversity Hiring Initiative - Application Deadline is April 21st:

• Administrative Assistant (Advisory) - Toronto, ON
• Administrative Assistant (Tax) - Toronto, ON
• Audit Associate - Toronto, ON

To learn more and apply, please visit: https://specialisterne.applytojob.com/apply

If our current opportunities are not suitable for you at this time, you can always join our Talent Pool to be first notified when we announce new roles and get access to our free job seeker resources, including IBM SkillsBuild.

Follow us to make sure you don’t miss our weekly job updates!

Did You Know…Specialisterne has been collaborating with organizations around the world to diversify the employment lands...
04/02/2024

Did You Know…Specialisterne has been collaborating with organizations around the world to diversify the employment landscape by hiring skilled neurodivergent individuals for twenty years.

Join us this month as we celebrate our twentieth anniversary by highlighting employee partners and neurodivergent employees who are championing worldwide!

SPECIALISTERNE ESPAÑA Specialisterne Australia Specialisterne Brasil Specialisterne Canada Specialisterne Danmark Specialisterne Enable India Solutions Specialisterne France Specialisterne Italia Specialisterne USA

Creating an inclusive and accessible workplace involves removing barriers that may prevent your employees from doing the...
03/28/2024

Creating an inclusive and accessible workplace involves removing barriers that may prevent your employees from doing their best at work.

For many individuals with a non-apparent disability, workplace barriers may be “non-apparent” too. Communication practices, meeting etiquette, or implicit social or cultural expectations can present as barriers too. Accessibility in the workplace includes considering not only technology and the physical or built space but also the social, behavioral, and interactional elements of the workplace.

Our Advisory Services are grounded in principles of universal design, and our Review, Assess and Recommend approach always takes into consideration ways to build policies, practices, and environments that make the workplace more accessible for all people. Learn more about our advisory services: https://ca.specialisterne.com/advisory-services/

Why Your Autistic Employee May Over-Explain When Giving Instructions Many autistic people approach teaching others the w...
03/27/2024

Why Your Autistic Employee May Over-Explain When Giving Instructions

Many autistic people approach teaching others the way they prefer to learn. This may often mean step-by-step, highly detailed explanations with nothing left out. In the workplace, these perceived ‘over-explanations’ may lead to misunderstandings, confusion, and frustration.

Read more about this in our blog post written by Jaime A. Heidel: https://ca.specialisterne.com/why-your-autistic-employee-may-over-explain-when-giving-instructions/

At Specialisterne, we know that educating your organization on neurodiversity is an essential part of building an inclus...
03/21/2024

At Specialisterne, we know that educating your organization on neurodiversity is an essential part of building an inclusive and accessible workplace.

But when it comes to supporting your neurodivergent employees or colleagues, recognize the limits of a label. Get to know the individual and understand their functional needs. Neurodivergent individuals are as diverse as their neurotypical peers.

Specialisterne’s Workplace Support service connects employers with a Workplace Support Specialist (“coach”) who can offer direct, individualized support to neurodivergent employees and their managers. Learn more about our workplace support: https://ca.specialisterne.com/workplace-support/

It’s not too late to register! There’s still time to join us for today’s webinar!Specialisterne is proud to be supportin...
03/21/2024

It’s not too late to register! There’s still time to join us for today’s webinar!

Specialisterne is proud to be supporting by hosting a complimentary webinar to dive deeper into the concept of neurodiversity.

When: TODAY @ 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Topic: Exploring Neurodiversity with Megan Pilatzke, Inclusion Specialist at Specialisterne Canada

Reserve Your Spot Below!

https://specialisterne.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_lHkaq9JHRQ6uKuQl99GEEg

"An inclusive organization is one that responds to workplace barriers through both individualized adjustments and accomm...
03/20/2024

"An inclusive organization is one that responds to workplace barriers through both individualized adjustments and accommodations AND universal design-inspired approaches to policies and practices.

“...Rather than seeing certain types of differences as ‘deficits’ requiring personalized adjustment or accommodations, employers could consider ways that they may be marginalizing or disabling certain employees through rigid and/or non-inclusive policies and procedures.”

Read more in this recent research article, “Autistic Perspectives on Employment: A Scoping Review” co-authored by Specialisterne team member, Megan Pilatzke.

https://link.springer.com/epdf/10.1007/s10926-023-10163-x?sharing_token=FXVdosr-Vw0Y-8BbZ49eKfe4RwlQNchNByi7wbcMAY62uyzdMKi37Ovyhw2ouqvqgWNjhISYntu4u53QMRJiG0cNmbYQipbPmF62To2-c8Gz0BBPrc5yzbcWhcAHTJFjoF6WQJpsU-lojdAMsIjbTAvJAFx_sYYO-CrRpL6blmM=

A reminder to join Specialisterne for a complimentary webinar TOMORROW to celebrate Neurodiversity Celebration Week!Ever...
03/20/2024

A reminder to join Specialisterne for a complimentary webinar TOMORROW to celebrate Neurodiversity Celebration Week!

Every neurodivergence has common characteristics and traits that are unique to each person. Understanding a diagnosis or label is just the beginning of understanding a person.

aims to transform how neurodivergent individuals are perceived and supported by providing an opportunity to better understand neurodiversity.

When: March 21st @ 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Topic: Exploring Neurodiversity with Megan Pilatzke, Inclusion Specialist at Specialisterne Canada

Reserve Your Spot Below!

https://specialisterne.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_lHkaq9JHRQ6uKuQl99GEEg

There’s still time to register for our special event in recognition of  . This one-hour webinar, The Power of Different ...
03/14/2024

There’s still time to register for our special event in recognition of . This one-hour webinar, The Power of Different Thinking: Driving Change Together, will celebrate Specialisterne's global impact spanning 20 years.

Join us to hear about some of Specialisterne’s innovative programs and partnerships that are driving workplace inclusion around the world.

Date: March 19, 2024 from 12pm-1PMET
Register here: https://specialisterne.zoom.us/webinar/register/9617071464885/WN_gok5hPNFQHik4vpXMMu1Gw

Receiving ambiguous messages from managers and coworkers like “We need to talk” or “Call me ASAP” can be anxiety-provoki...
03/13/2024

Receiving ambiguous messages from managers and coworkers like “We need to talk” or “Call me ASAP” can be anxiety-provoking for your neurodivergent (and neurotypical) employees.

Developing a habit of providing context in communication can prevent anxiety that stems from ambiguous messages and the resulting impact on well-being and productivity.

Read more on Emotionally Inclusive and Trauma-Informed Communication in our latest blog post written by Ludmila Praslova, Ph.D., SHRM-SCP, Âû https://ca.specialisterne.com/a-no-cost-way-to-make-a-big-difference-add-context-to-communication/

Specialisterne USA Inc., a charitable not-for-profit 503(c) American organization, focused on building a bridge between neurodivergent job seekers and employers. We support employers to tap into the talents of a neurodiverse workforce and build inclusive organizations through education, training, an...

Specialisterne is proud to be supporting Neurodiversity Celebration Week 2024!Neurodiversity Celebration Week is a world...
03/12/2024

Specialisterne is proud to be supporting Neurodiversity Celebration Week 2024!

Neurodiversity Celebration Week is a worldwide initiative that challenges stereotypes and misconceptions about neurological differences.

This session will explore some of the different labels, diagnoses or identities that fall under the umbrella of neurodiversity including autism, ADHD, learning disabilities and intellectual disability.

Whether you are a neurodivergent individual yourself or looking to learn more about the topic, we invite you to join us for a virtual event to dive deeper into the concept of neurodiversity!

• When: March 21st @ 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
• Topic: Exploring Neurodiversity with Megan Pilatzke, Inclusion Specialist at Specialisterne Canada

Reserve Your Spot Below! https://specialisterne.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_lHkaq9JHRQ6uKuQl99GEEg

“Chain of Command” May Be Confusing for Your Autistic EmployeesThe best way to combat social misunderstandings as a resu...
03/07/2024

“Chain of Command” May Be Confusing for Your Autistic Employees

The best way to combat social misunderstandings as a result of neurotype differences is to assume positive intent. If you, as a non-autistic manager, believe your autistic employee is being rude, condescending, or acting or speaking ‘above their station’, understand that this is likely not their intent. They are simply speaking and acting in a way that is natural for their brain type.


Read more about this in our blog post written by Jaime A. Heidel:
https://ca.specialisterne.com/chain-of-command-may-be-confusing-for-your-autistic-employees/"

Join us for a special event in recognition of  . This one-hour webinar, The Power of Different Thinking: Driving Change ...
03/06/2024

Join us for a special event in recognition of . This one-hour webinar, The Power of Different Thinking: Driving Change Together, will celebrate Specialisterne's global impact spanning 20 years.

Join us to hear about some of Specialisterne’s innovative programs and employer partnerships that are driving workplace inclusion around the world.

Date: March 19, 2024 from 12pm-1PM ET
Register here: https://specialisterne.zoom.us/webinar/register/9617071464885/WN_gok5hPNFQHik4vpXMMu1Gw

Employ Different Thinking: How do you manage a neurodiverse team?Managing the performance of a team of people who commun...
02/29/2024

Employ Different Thinking: How do you manage a neurodiverse team?

Managing the performance of a team of people who communicate, learn, and process information differently (yourself included!) requires clear communication and mutual understanding.
• Managers and teams tend to rely more on mind-reading than mutual understanding
• Don’t assume that your employee or team member knows and understands what you know and understand
• Set clear goals and expectations and provide direct and frequent feedback

These strategies benefit all employees on your team!

Learn how we can support your organization: https://ca.specialisterne.com/employers/

Employ Different Thinking: How can you set your new employee up for success?A good onboarding experience is good for bot...
02/27/2024

Employ Different Thinking: How can you set your new employee up for success?

A good onboarding experience is good for both the new employee and the business - leading to higher employee retention and engagement rates.

• Creating an inclusive onboarding experience is all about taking the guesswork out of starting a new job

• It is the process of making implicit workplace processes, policies, expectations, social norms, and behaviors explicit

• Consider the “unwritten rules” of your workplace. Can you think of 1 or 2 “rules” or “ways of working” that you had to “uncover” during your first few weeks on the job?"

Learn how we can support your organization: https://ca.specialisterne.com/employers/

It’s not too late to register for Flatiron School and Specialisterne's upcoming webinar event happening tomorrow at 1:00...
02/26/2024

It’s not too late to register for Flatiron School and Specialisterne's upcoming webinar event happening tomorrow at 1:00pm EST!

Join us for a collaborative discussion on how to navigate your job search as a neurodivergent job seeker!

RSVP using the link below 👇
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-career-in-tech-for-neurodivergents-tickets-818507075697

📌 You can also check out Specialisterne team member, Gillian Forth's insights on Youtube as she discusses some of the strengths that neurodivergent individuals can bring to tech: https://youtu.be/XyWxbkZeXDs?si=NjCcdmGQKB2CY8U_

We look forward to continuing this exciting discussion tomorrow! See you there!

Autistic people thrive on details and structured tasks. Clear and direct communication with all the details and expectat...
02/21/2024

Autistic people thrive on details and structured tasks. Clear and direct communication with all the details and expectations laid out at the start of a project is essential. Offer the tools they need for both individual and company-wide success.

Read more about this in our blog written by Jaime A. Heidel "Don’t Offer Encouragement When Your Autistic Employee Needs Answers": https://ca.specialisterne.com/dont-offer-encouragement-when-your-autistic-employee-needs-answers/

Employ Different Thinking: How can you make the candidate assessment experience more inclusive? Interviews are a great t...
02/20/2024

Employ Different Thinking: How can you make the candidate assessment experience more inclusive?

Interviews are a great tool to assess a candidate’s ability to “sell themselves”. It’s not always a great tool to assess a candidate’s skills and abilities for the role itself.

Consider alternatives to the standard interview - consider how a work sample may allow a candidate to show their skills instead of talking about them. Look for ways to make the interview itself more inclusive - provide the candidate with information in advance of the interview to allow them to prepare (e.g. who will be there, how long will it be, what kinds of questions will be asked).

Learn how we can support your organization: https://ca.specialisterne.com/employers/

One week left to register for Flatiron School and Specialisterne's upcoming event!If you’re a neurodivergent job seeker ...
02/20/2024

One week left to register for Flatiron School and Specialisterne's upcoming event!

If you’re a neurodivergent job seeker or have a loved one who is, you’re invited to join us for a collaborative event to learn how to navigate your job search!

Date: Tuesday, February 27th
Time: 1:00pm ET

In this session, we will discuss strategies for job applications, interviews, how to highlight strengths effectively in resumes or cover letters, and more.

Attendees who are interested in engaging with Specialisterne’s neurodiversity hiring programs and/or Flatiron’s bootcamp program will also receive details on next steps to get started.

Register here! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-career-in-tech-for-neurodivergents-tickets-818507075697

Specialisterne is proud to be co-hosting an event with our partner, Flatiron School!Are you a neurodivergent job seeker ...
02/15/2024

Specialisterne is proud to be co-hosting an event with our partner, Flatiron School!

Are you a neurodivergent job seeker or have a loved one who is?

Join Flatiron School and Specialisterne to discover how to navigate the job search as a neurodivergent individual on February 27th at 1:00pm ET.

After this session, you will know how to:
• Identify inclusive employers
• Decode job descriptions
• Prepare to apply and interview
• Request any accommodations during the process
• Receive workplace support on-the-job

Attendees who are interested in engaging with Specialisterne’s neurodiversity hiring programs and/or Flatiron’s bootcamp program will also receive details on next steps to get started.

Register here! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-career-in-tech-for-neurodivergents-tickets-818507075697

Too often, autistic people are portrayed as unidimensionally gloomy, struggling, or sad. Most AI-generated images of an ...
02/14/2024

Too often, autistic people are portrayed as unidimensionally gloomy, struggling, or sad. Most AI-generated images of an “autistic person” portray a young, white man, sitting in the dark, looking miserable. Autism stereotypes ignore not just productivity, but the joy that comes with autistic love of nature, animals, writing, inventing – or other types of meaningful work."

Read more on "Embracing Autistic Joy to Build Better Workplaces" in our latest blog post written by Ludmila Praslova, Ph.D., SHRM-SCP, Âû

https://ca.specialisterne.com/embracing-autistic-joy-to-build-better-workplaces/

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Specialisterne Canada helps businesses and employers understand, value, and integrate the unique perspective and capabilities of people on the autism spectrum, or those who face similar barriers to employment. Specialisterne is an internationally recognized leader in harnessing the talents of people on the autism spectrum by providing them with the opportunity to sustain meaningful employment. Originally founded in Denmark by Thorkil Sonne, Specialisterne now operates in fourteen countries around the world. Canada is the newest addition to this growing global organization. People affected by autism are an underestimated, underutilized resource in Canada; rich in individuals with tremendous skills in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, the arts and more. Yet far too many are underemployed which can lead to disengagement and be costly for families and social services. For close to a decade, Specialisterne has been developing proven and emerging hiring and management practices that enable the employment of people on the spectrum by removing the barriers to previously inaccessible industries and careers. Our objective is to enable 25 thousand jobs for people with autism in Canada, contributing to a global objective of one million jobs. We believe there is a readiness for progressive change amongst businesses in Canada and a clear movement toward strong corporate social responsibility. By operating with transparency about whom we hire and why we hire them, Specialisterne will be a leader with a strong voice in the emerging social impact space in Canadian business.

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