Autistic? More Companies Say Add It to Your Resume

When Sam Briefer, 23, graduated from West Chester University of Pennsylvania last year, the job hunt began. At first it was slow going. He scored a few interviews, but was never called back.

Then in March, shortly after connecting with Specialisterne—a Danish company whose U.S. arm works to develop the talent of autistic people—professional services firm EY (formerly Ernst & Young) offered Briefer a full-time position on its accounting team.

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Café Welcomes Adults with Autism who Felt like ‘Outcasts’

A New York café has been credited with turning around the lives of adults with autism by employing them, and thereby giving them a chance to feel “productive”, “happy” and “fulfilled”.

Long Island mother Stacey Wohl opened Cause Café earlier this year in a bid to provide her two non-verbal children Logan, 17, and Brittany, 19, with the opportunity to work in a traditional employment setting. Out of a total of 15 employees, Ms Wohl, 49, now employs eight on the autism spectrum.

“Just because they have a disability doesn’t mean they can’t do the same things we do,” she said.

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HPE Support Neurodiversity in the Workplace during Autism Awareness Month

It is now a great honour to collaborate with another like minded global organisation, SAP, that shares the same ethos and purpose around people with autism. This could not have happened without the vision of Thorkil Sonne, the founder of Specialisterne. Looking at the brilliant people we have since been able to hire, this is proving to be an untapped market that has enabled us to enhance our services lines and create greater value to our customers.

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Harvard Business School Case Study

Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s ‘Dandelion Program’ draws on the special talents of people with autism – and now it has been selected for a Harvard Business School case study.

This case examines how diversity – in particular, neurodiversity – can be transformed into a competitive advantage; how people who were previously considered not suitable for employment can and have become key to an in-demand service offering. Thus, this important case provokes a discussion of the advantages of diversity, and also how some existing procedures might keep other organisations from realising these advantages too.

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Trainee Test Analyst Job Opportunities

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Dandelion Program

Trainee Test Analyst Job Opportunities


Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is one of the world’s largest and most successful IT companies. We know that our people and values are the most important elements in this success. We invest in your personal growth and development in an environment where you will be supported.
HPE’s Dandelion Program is recruiting people from the Autism Spectrum to be trained and work in the area of software testing based in Canberra.
Successful applicants will perform work for the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection. Applications are requested to fill these trainee Test Analyst roles.
As a level one Test Analyst you will be part of the HPE Testing Capability and will be trained to perform simple, medium and up to complex software testing activities as assigned by the HPE Dandelion Test Manager.
These roles will suit people with an interest in working with computers, processes and tools to ensure that developed software is fit for purpose and meets the needs of end users both within the department and its clients.
Successful candidates will start by learning and performing key skills required to work in the Department of Immigration and Border Protection team. He/she will also undergo training over time to be able to perform other more complex software testing related tasks.
The candidate:

  • Must have a diagnosis of ASD
  • Must be aged 18 years or over
  • Must have Australian Citizenship
  • Will have to satisfy the suitability requirements of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and Baseline security checks
  • Must be able to attend the entire 4 week assessment phase, which is paid
  • Should live within an easy daily commutable distance of Belconnen, ACT

Holding a tertiary qualification in a technical or business area is desirable, but not a prerequisite. If there is some experience in skills such as software testing, business analysis, computer programming, data analysis, or similar IT oriented tasks, this would be highly regarded, but not a prerequisite. The person must have a strong interest in learning and performing IT related tasks.
This is a great opportunity to become a part of a forward-thinking team with a commitment to providing high quality and innovative services, apply today.
To find out more information about the method of applying and the recruitment process and timelines for this great opportunity, please click on the link below:

Trainee Test Analyst Job Opportunities

Scrum Master Corey, and the development team.

Work Experience Program – Day 1

Today marks the first day of the Dandelion work experience program!

The project work is going to be run under Scrum; an agile software development framework with a focus on agility, flexibility, and fast delivery of value.

This week the work experience candidates will be learning about the Dandelion Program and Hewlett Packard Enterprise, learning the Python programming language, familiarising themselves with Dandy, learning about Scrum and how it will be applied for this project, and planning how to approach the first stages of development.

The Team

Felicia Program Co-ordinator/Product Owner Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Corey Scrum Master Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Nicholas Technical Lead Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Work Experience Candidates Development Team University of South Australia

Work Experience Program – The Starting Point

What it is

The Dandelion Program work experience program is designed as a six week holistic structured course to enable learning of how software development projects happen in a large commercial organization such as HPE in an autism friendly environment. Five candidates will be taken in for the initial pilot program, with the first block running from the 12th to the 30th of September. This is a paid work experience program for university students who hold an autism diagnosis.



The program is made up of a balance of learning and practical project work. The learning component teaches the skills and techniques needed to work on two robotics projects. The culmination of the project will deliver real value to a local school that works with autistic children. They will provide a school representative to act as the product owner or stakeholder, to work with your team and guide the outcome to deliver that value.
In the practical projects you will use the Aldebaran NAO H25 robot (Dandy!) to develop applications that autistic children can use at the partner school. Building these projects will give the work experience candidates the chance to show us what they can achieve and how they approach problems and resolve them using the skills and abilities that they will develop.


Development and Delivery

The way the candidates learn and develop the practical projects will be led by HPE technical capability managers and practitioners, to provide them the techniques, processes, tools, and experience they will use to deliver the two projects. During the practical projects, each individual will work as part of a team consisting of five member, all of whom are on the Autism Spectrum, and together will develop two robot based applications during two separate three week project cycles. At the completion of both projects, the team will nominate one of the two projects to implement into a live environment.