SAP launches Autism at Work program in Australia


SAP Australia has introduced the Autism at Work program, an initiative that enables people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to find employment with the company.

SAP’s global Autism at Work program was launched in 2013 with Specialisterne, a Danish company that focused on helping people with ASD find jobs.

The program currently employs people with ASD in SAP offices in Brazil, Canada, the Czech Republic, Germany, India, Ireland and the United States, with plans to have around 100 employees with ASD employed by the end of 2015.

“SAP is committed to its Autism at Work program, which enables us to leverage the unique skills and abilities that people with autism bring to the workplace,” said Anka Wittenberg, chief diversity and inclusion officer, SAP. “We are excited to launch this successful program in Australia, which will enable the region to add talented, skilled individuals to the team and enable SAP to benefit from the innovation and value they bring to our business.”

For its part, SAP Australia plans to have one per cent of its workforce comprising people with ASD by 2020, in line with SAP SE’s workforce goal of one per cent globally – which is consistent with the percentage of people with ASD in the general population.

John Craven, chairman, Specialisterne Australia, said: “We are sure that SAP’s commitment will inspire other Australian companies to follow and harness the power that autism diversity can deliver. Assisting SAP also helps Specialisterne move a step closer to its goal of one million jobs for people with autism globally.”

SAP Australia plans to hire new employees with ASD across various business functions by March 2016. Interested candidates and organisations should contact SAP Australia to learn how to apply and for further information.

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