Beginning in May, Microsoft is launching a pilot program to hire people with autism. The software company expects to start with 10 candidates.
“Microsoft is stronger when we expand opportunity and we have a diverse workforce that represents our customers,” Mary Ellen Smith, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of worldwide operations, wrote in a company blog post on April 3.
“People with autism bring strengths that we need at Microsoft, each individual is different, some have amazing ability [sic] to retain information, think at a level of detail and depth or excel in math or code.”
Smith, whose 19-year-old son was diagnosed with autism at age 4, went on to write: “At Microsoft, we encourage all employees to realize their full potential. This belief and the inspiration I get from my son is what drives me personally and why I was honored to speak.”
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