by Carol Simpson
Originally published: April 5, 2017
The current statistic is that one of every 68 births in Canada is an individual with autism. Among adults on the spectrum, 80% of them are either unemployed or underemployed. There are many missed opportunities for high functioning autistics to find fulfilling work amongst this untapped talent pool.
Normalizing neurodiversity in the workplace is my vision behind founding Focus Professional Services, an IT consulting company specializing in software testing and data quality. I felt qualified to start such a company from two perspectives.
First, in my professional life, I had worked in the IT sector for over 30 years, primarily in software, quality processes, and management. I could see the benefit of tapping into the special aptitudes people on the spectrum can possess, such as attention to detail, logical reasoning, accuracy, and perseverance, all qualities important for success in an IT career.