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Autistic-majority IT services company celebrates Autistic Pride Day

By Sara Barker
Thu 18 Jun 2020
FYI, this story is more than a year old

Auticon, a social IT enterprise that employs more than 200 people on the autism spectrum, is today celebrating Autistic Pride Day, highlighting the value and success that its consultants have achieved in the IT field.

Auticon offers services across business analytics, artificial intelligence, software development, cybersecurity, as well as quality assurance and testing. 

Additionally, auticon provides two operating models for clients: the “remote model” where work is completed at auticon’s office locations or virtual consultants working from home; and the “on-site model” where the consultant works at the client’s office location.

Auticon’s 2020 Global Impact report is based on findings from its employees. The report found that those in technology consultant and IT service professional roles reported higher confidence, autonomy, and wellbeing (70%, 64%, and 74% respectively), as a result of working with auticon.

The organisations that auticon employees work with agree that there is an increase in skills and abilities (80%), understanding of their skills and abilities (74%), opportunities for professional development (70%) and reaching their full potential (56%).

 “It was a pleasure working with auticon, who expanded our understanding of autism and helped us put in place an environment where the consultant could utilise their unique skillset in a positive way. We very much hope to have the opportunity to work with auticon again in the future,” says one client.

Auticon states that autistic adults can have unique STEM talents, as well as cognitive advantages in logic, pattern recognition, precision, sustained concentration, and an ability to intuitively spot errors, yet many find it difficult to secure employment. 

“It’s great to see that auticon’s consultants are thriving in their roles and working with our job coaches to deliver superior value to our clients. Their unique skills and talents help to deliver truly extraordinary outcomes and their game changing solutions offer our customers unmatched results,” comments auticon Australia CEO Bodo Mann.

Job coaches provide essential support services to autistic teams. According to the report:

  • At least 93% found an element of the job coaching helpful
  • 53% found support for any concerns in the workplace particularly helpful
  • 47% found support with communication and interaction particularly helpful
  • 46% found project onboarding particularly helpful
  • 41% found agree that the 1-to-1 job coaching sessions particularly helpful
  • 36% found discussing and reviewing workplace adjustments particularly helpful
  • 32% found attending the first day at a new project particularly helpful
  • 29% found discussing and reviewing goals for personal development particularly helpful
  • 26% found providing strategies for stress management particularly helpful.
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