The United Nations (UN) issued a Call to Action at the observance of UN World Autism Awareness Day in 2015, appealing to employers to make tangible commitments to offering employment opportunities for individuals on the autism spectrum. The event, entitled “Employment: The Autism Advantage”, was organized by the UN Department of Global Communications and Department of Economic and Social Affairs, in cooperation with Specialisterne Foundation, and with the support of the UN Global Compact. 

Specialisterne Foundation is an NGO associated with the UN Department of Global Communications and supports the work of the UN to promote human rights and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Our focus is SDG 8, target 5: “By 2030, achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value.”

Our aim is to showcase the talents of autistic persons and to encourage companies to utilize their skills. Globally, we are encouraging different stakeholders to partner and create inclusive work environments while expanding the scope to include neurodivergent persons (autism, ADHD, OCD, dyslexia etc.) - with or without diagnosis. 

The purpose of the Autism Advantage Luncheons is to promote employment of autistic persons globally, in support of Article 27 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) on work and employment, which recognizes the right of persons with disabilities to work on an equal basis with others, and to a labour market and work environment that is open, inclusive and accessible.



Specialisterne Foundation is a Not-for-Profit foundation with the goal to generate employment for one million autistic/neurodivergent persons through social entrepreneurship, corporate sector engagement and a global change in mindset. With headquarters located in Copenhagen, Denmark, Specialisterne Foundation works globally to bring about our vision of a world where people are given equal opportunities in the labour market. 

Specialisterne Foundation is associated with the United Nations Department of Global Communications and is committed to promote the United Nations 'Call to Action' for employers to hire autistic/neurodivergent persons. Specialisterne Foundation collaborates with a range of stakeholders and demonstrates how the inclusion of autistic/neurodivergent persons can improve workplaces and contribute to improved quality of life. Through acting as a catalyst and supporting employees globally, Specialisterne Foundation seeks to implement Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 8, target 5: ”achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value”.

Since 2004, we have proven ‘The Autism Advantage’ and catalysed a global movement which so far has resulted in the employment of 10.000 autistic persons in competitive jobs across a number of business sectors.

The founder, Thorkil Sonne, is a World Economic Forum Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur, Ashoka Globalizer Fellow and Chairman of Denmark’s Council for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable Development Goals.




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