Sunday, July 21, 2013

Discovering Untapped Brain Power

A decade ago, Thorkil Sonne, a telecommunications executive living in Ringsted, Denmark, was terrified about what the future might hold for his seven year-old autistic son, Lars. But rather than give in to despair,

Employees Oran Weitzberg, left, and
 Rick Alexander test
 a new program.

the middle-aged father started a company Specialisterne (Specialists in Danish), which helps high-functioning adults with autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs) find employment. Today business is booming. Sonne oversees branches in a half-dozen European countries, including Germany, England, and Spain and is funneling workers to such IT giants as SAP. Now he is even moving to Delaware to establish a foothold in America.

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