Microsoft hires people with autism to push creative boundaries

Microsoft company's policy to hire people with autism has a 80% success rate. This was shared by Michael Vermeersch, the digital inclusion lead at Microsoft, at a conference in London.

Microsoft started a pilot project to hire people with autism in 2015. It received 800 resumes. The company hired people to see how they could code. Hiring managers then looked at different ways in which they solved problems.

Microsoft then partnered this new set of employees with job coaches to explain company structures and processes. The company also built a profile of the candidate. This helped identify how to manage and ensure that barriers could be removed.

Vermeersch said the approach had a 80% success rate. The company offers practical support such as a special help desk and open source training on YouTube. The aim is to make people cherished and valued.

This approach also drives Microsoft's focus on creating inclusive products such as Edge and the quiet function. These functions allow users to focus while using Windows 10.

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