The German software company, SAP, is currently recruiting adults with autism. SAP is the third largest independent software supplier in the world which was founded in 1972 by five entrepreneurs. Currently, SAP has a pilot program in its India office where six people with autism work as software testers. The program will expand sometime this year to Germany, Canada, and the United States, with its North American headquarters in Newtown Square, PA.
A Danish company that helps people with autism find employment with IT companies, Specialisterne, is partnering with SAP to recruit candidates. According to SAP’s spokesman, Jim Dever, the benefits of hiring adults with autism go both ways. People are looking for jobs and some people with autism are highly intelligent and detail-oriented making them a good fit for roles like software testing, programming, and data management. Their abilities can help to bring new ideas to the table, an advantage from an employer’s point-of-view.
Becoming a parent is the biggest responsibility a person can take on. It is a natural part of the parenting process to plan for and envision the future for their kids even before they are born. Sometimes life doesn’t go as imagined. Parents are given the news that their child has a special need. With this, come feelings of isolation and being alone and not knowing where to begin searching for support and assistance.
Diagnostic testing, specialty care, prescription drugs, therapies, assistive technology and accommodations, medical equipment, and other health-related services cause families financial hardship. More often than not, at least one parent has to cut back on working hours or quit their job to provide care to their child. There are many grant programs across the country that is available to assist families with alleviating the financial burden.
Kaufman Children’s Center compiled a list of grant sources to assist parents in securing funding for various therapies, medications, and equipment. The list includes organizations such as Easter Seals, Astra Zeneca, Children’s Charity Fund, and Believe in Tomorrow.
For a full list of available grants and programs, please click here to open the PDF.
All children deserve the chance to reach their full potential. These resources are designed to help kids with special needs and their families enhance their quality of life.
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