Thursday, July 24, 2014

Startup Hires People On Autism Spectrum

Two MIT Grads Founded A Startup That Almost Exclusively Employs People On The Autism Spectrum

Mark Leslie is a capable computer programmer who speaks four languages, but until recently the latest entry on his résumé was a retail job he held for six years at a Barnes & Noble in New York City.

Like many of the estimated 1.5 million Americans on the autism spectrum, Leslie, who has Asperger's syndrome, is at a disadvantage in traditional office environments. There, he could run into unplanned social interactions that can cause anxiety or risk reporting to a boss ill-equipped to communicate with someone on the spectrum.

But a year and a half ago, Leslie found a better work situation at a software-testing firm, ULTRA Testing, a company that not only accommodates his condition but was created with the specific intention of hiring people on the autism spectrum.

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ULTRA Testing cofounder Rajesh Anandan hopes to grow his team of testers to at least 250 in the next three years.
ULTRA Testing was founded in 2012 by a pair of former MIT roommates, Rajesh Anandan and Art Shectman.
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Startup Hires People On Autism Spectrum - Business Insider


"Life on the Autism Spectrum can be ENJOYable."

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