Why More Companies Are Eager To Hire People With Autism

Getting a good job is hard, even if you have strong social skills like being able to network and make small talk with potential employers during interviews. But for individuals with autism who often have trouble with basic interactions, getting a foot in the door professionally can be even more daunting.

That was the case for Janis Oberman, who was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome as an adult. She passed in and out of temporary positions for over a decade before landing a full-time job at the German software company SAP.

SAP hired Oberman as a software specialist at the firm’s Palo Alto, California, office two years ago as part of the company’s global initiative to recruit candidates with autism and Asperger’s. Read more.