International assessment specialist cut-e, has hired a groundbreaking IT consultancy called Auticon – which exclusively employs autistic adults as its IT consultants – to speed up its product testing and help with data intelligence programming.
Founded in Berlin in 2011, to provide job opportunities for adults on the autism spectrum, Auticon has subsequently expanded throughout Germany and in 2016 it opened offices in London and Paris.
At cut-e, Auticon’s consultants are comprehensively testing new and updated assessment products on all hardware devices and browser combinations. They are also undertaking a data intelligence project to speed up cut-e’s ability to complete the data protection and data security questionnaires that clients require, to ensure compliance with their technical and organisational security measures.
Auticon’s consultants are supported by job coaches, who act as the primary liaison contacts for clients. When projects are scoped out, Auticon selects the appropriate consultant by matching their technical skills and expertise to the needs of each client’s project. The consultants then work in an autism-friendly environment.
Autism is a lifelong developmental disorder that affects how a person communicates with and relates to others, and how they experience the world around them. The National Autistic Society, a leading UK charity, claims that only 16 percent of autistic adults in the UK are in full-time employment.