Microsoft exploring ways to hire people with Autism

In a big push to fill out its ranks at various positions, Microsoft on the eve of World Autism Day announced it will hire individuals with Autism. The statement about the pilot program came at the United Nations offices in New York city.

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Individuals suffering from Autism disorder are often overlooked in terms of career potential and kept at arm’s length in social interactions. Microsoft is set to defy this notion. The company will hire individuals with Autism for full time positions via Specialisterne, a group dedicated to finding work for those with autism.

Microsoft to hire people with Autism

People with autism have some unique abilities to really focus on their task and stay focused for long periods of time. This is the primary reason why Microsoft is looking forward to support and encourage participation of individuals suffering from this disability in its firm.

In an essay posted April 3 to “Microsoft on the Issues,” Mary Ellen Smith, corporate vice president of worldwide operations, announced a pilot program to hire people who are on the autism spectrum.

She wrote,

People with autism bring strengths that we need at Microsoft. Each individual is different, some have amazing ability to retain information, think at a level of detail and depth or excel in math or code. It’s a talent pool that we want to continue to bring to Microsoft.

The move from Microsoft brings hope for people suffering from Autism. Other bigwigs will keep a close eye on the developments to see how the program shapes and things unfold in the near future.

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The author Hemant Saxena is a post-graduate in technology and has an immense interest in following Microsoft and other technology developments around the world. Quiet by nature, he is an avid Lacrosse player.


  1. My main concern is will they pay the going rate for the work involved, or is this another ‘scheme’ to get cheap labour?

  2. Hemant Saxena

    Microsoft hasn’t divulged details on this topic.

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