Lars (11) has an extraordinary memory and is excellent in math and language skills. At the age of 7 he drew from memory the Danish railway system, the road of Denmark, and the full map of Europe. At first glance a prosperous future. However, your expectation of finding a job would have been invalid if it were not for Thorkil Sonne: his father.
The skills of Lars did not have space in a competitive job market.
Even in the Danish social system, one of the best in the world for disability visible, but not for the invisible.
A Lars was diagnosed with autism. It is the third son of a Danish family. Gets up every day at six o’clock, and goes to the nine, or one more minute or a minute less. Improvisation is creating insecurity, and is unable to socialize.
After meeting the condition of Lars, Thorkil Sonne decided to create a company that will ensure a future for his son, something that the State could not provide. With 15 years experience in the area of programming in telecommunications, Sonne thought skills of autistic patients were appropriate for a company dedicated to test software. Thus was born Specialisterne.
For the testator
” software is very important to have a good memory, follow directions carefully, be persistent, note any deviation from the expected results. These are all features of autism, “ Sonne said in an interview.
Specialisterne is the first company that from the characteristics of autism generates profits from the market. In addition, and perhaps most importantly, created a new concept, based on inclusion, which opened a niche market for people who are often segregated from working environments.
If Einstein, Darwin, Newton and Leonardo Da Vinci were born in our time would have received a diagnosis of autism and was not expected anything of it. But by the time they were born were respected and admired because they were using the logical extreme with fantastic results. Today our society valued these skills recently, as their logic of profitability is based on a standardized and alleged “normalcy”.
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