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Specialisterne España

Creation date: 2012

Country: Spain

Location: Barcelona

Sector of activity: Healthcare and social services activities

Social issue: Diversity (people in state of exclusion, minorities and people with disabilities)

Specialisterne means in Danish "the specialists". It was created over ten years ago due to the need a Danish father saw for people such as his son to enter the labor market by carrying out qualified work focused on technology. The idea has been replicated around the world. In our country it has been through the Planeta Imaginario Foundation, where people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other similar special needs receive training and work.

Francesc Sistach is one of those in charge. He notes that among the main employment problems faced by people with autism spectrum disorders is a 90% unemployment rate. However, people with high-performance autism are notable for having very good cognitive capacities with a good intellectual coefficient. That is why Specialisterne Spain works with training, because according to Francesc, "with training they can become skilled people, with work that gives added value to society; and they can compete on an equal footing with others."

According to Francesc, an increasing number of companies are recognizing the role and importance of these kinds of workers. He does not deny that there is some reluctance, but fortunately this is becoming less common. "They carry out work with a high added value, very competitive, and we all come out of it as winners."

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