SAP and University of Cambridge to Team Up for Autism at Work Initiative
SAP to Collaborate With Academic, Government and Non-Profit Organizations to Employ People on the Spectrum Globally, Brings New Employees Onboard in North America
SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today announced a new internship program with the University of Cambridge that will support Autism at Work, the company’s unique global initiative to employ people with autism. The company issued this announcement as it brings onboard its first group of employees with autism in the United States in its Palo Alto, California, and Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, offices. Later this spring Vancouver and Montreal sites will join these initial North American SAP sites.
SAP and University of Cambridge Internship
SAP and the University of Cambridge plan to create a five-year agreement to identify talented students for the Autism at Work initiative. As part of the internship, the students will join the program in one of five SAP locations, India, US, Canada, Ireland or Germany, with the goal of being selected to becoming SAP employees at the end of their internship. Students with skills in software knowledge and programming are the primary target group.
SAP plans to work specifically with the Autism Research Centre at University of Cambridge University, directed by Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, a leading autism researcher internationally. Professor Baron-Cohen will help ensure that the internship process is designed to be “autism-friendly” and compliant with the autism strategy as written by the UK Department of Health. Professor Baron-Cohen will also provide ongoing consultation with SAP for its Autism at Work initiative.
The program with the University of Cambridge shows SAP’s momentum in creating global support for Autism at Work since its global partnership with Specialisterne was announced last May. Specialisterne is a group that helps people with autism get training and support for technical jobs, to rollout the program worldwide.
“SAP is setting a terrific example, showing that a multinational IT company not only positively welcomes applicants with autism or Asperger Syndrome, but believes that there is a strong business case for employing them, because of their special talents,” said Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, the Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University. “Cambridge University is delighted to be partnering in this way.”
“The foundation of innovation is a diverse workforce, and the most creative ideas can come from unexpected places,” said Anka Wittenberg, chief diversity and inclusion officer, SAP AG. “We hope to spark a global movement that gives people on the autism spectrum an opportunity to add their special talents and perspectives to the business world. By uniting with Cambridge University and other partners, we can change the way people think about innovation and help the world run better.”
SAP Collaborates With State Agencies and Non-Profits in United States
To support its efforts in California, SAP is also identifying and training job candidates in collaboration with the California Department of Rehabilitation and TransAccess, a California based non-profit organization that provides a broad variety of services for people with disabilities. The California Department of Rehabilitation administers one of the largest Vocational Rehabilitation program in the country, serving as an employment resource for people with disabilities. Similarly, as SAP begins its initiative in Pennsylvania, the company is working with The Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation via the Philadelphia Chapter of The Arc, the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.
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