Microsoft set to hire people with autism

Microsoft has announced plans to hire people with autism.

Working with specialist employment agency Specialisterne, which trains and finds positions for people diagnosed on the autism spectrum, the pilot program begins in May with 10 full-time positions in the company’s Redmond, Wash., corporate headquarters.

“Microsoft is stronger when we expand opportunity and we have a diverse workforce that represents our customers,” said Mary Ellen Smith, corporate vice president of worldwide operations who has a 19-year-old son diagnosed with autism, on the company blog.

“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,” she wrote. “It’s a talent pool that we want to continue to bring to Microsoft!”

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