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auticon was founded in Berlin in 2011 by a father wanting better employment opportunities for his autistic son. Autistic professionals were employed as quality assurance consultants, debugging websites and applications. As Managing Director of a small investment firm, Kurt Schöffer was approached by Ananda Social Venture Fund, who invited him to partner in creating Germany’s first social impact fund. The fund’s first investment was in auticon, where Kurt served as an advisor on the fund’s behalf. For Kurt, this was an opportunity to apply his business acumen to solve the social issue of rising unemployment among autistic adults, who often possess STEM skills applicable to various technology careers. After three months as an advisor, Kurt accepted a role as auticon’s Group CEO, developing its six German office locations and expanding into Paris and London. The company added significant clients such as BMW and Allianz, and new technology consulting services.

In 2016, Sir Richard Branson’s investment brought international attention to the company as it expanded into Italy and Switzerland. In 2018 auticon acquired two North American autism employers: MindSpark in Los Angeles and Meticulon in Calgary, and later added clients such as Salesforce and Deloitte and surpassing 200+ autistic employees globally. In 2019, auticon opened in Australia with one of the island’s largest employers.

In 2023, auticon and Unicus entered an agreement under which the two companies would unite. The historic deal established a global model for an autistic-majority social enterprise and ESG company, addressing the inequalities in employment for neurodivergent adults. The two combined companies became the largest autistic-majority company in the world, with 81% of its 600 employees on the autism spectrum across 15 countries.

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Publications

auticon’s Global Impact Reports

2023 Global Impact Report

2022 Global Impact Report

2021 Global Impact Report (Published 2022)

2021 Global Impact Report (Languages: Italian,  English, and German)

2021 Global Impact Report (Languages: French, English, German)

2020 Global Impact Report (Languages: French, English, German)

auticon + Deloitte Report, “Embracing Neurodiversity at Work” 2022

A new Deloitte Canada and auticon Canada report finds employment barriers and a lack of workplace support for Canada’s autistic community and offers strategies to employers to create more inclusive workspaces for neurodiverse workers. The joint report surveyed 454 adults across the country.

2022 auticon + Deloitte Report, “Embracing Neurodiversity at Work” (English)

 

News Coverage

With New Funding, Auticon Looks to Grow Job Opportunities for Autistic

dot.LA

auticon Canada kicks off its 2022 tech recruitment campaign

IT World Canada

auticon releases annual report on social impact


Consulting.CA

How businesses can embrace autism in the workplace


Virgin Blog

In hiring people with autism, focus on interview process


HR Reporter

A new perspective: How our autistic-majority IT company is weathering the pandemic

IT World Canada

Announcements

Unmasking autism: How do I talk about autism?

One of the most prominent themes emerging from our invitation to submit anonymous questions was language: What words to say, what not to say, questions about the medical versus social model of autism, etc. We turned the question over to our experts.
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Unmasking autism: Getting comfortable with being uncomfortable.

Recently, we hosted an “Ask Us Anything” webinar. We invited guests to submit questions anonymously to our autistic neuroinclusion experts.
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auticon and Unicus Release 2023 Global Impact Report

The report details the successes auticon and Unicus have seen since joining forces to become the world’s largest autistic-majority employer, a leading source for autistic technology talent and neuroinclusion services, and one of the largest social enterprises in the world.
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Three simple ways to make your meetings and social events inclusive for autistic team members

Meetings and social events can present unique challenges for your autistic team members. This includes virtual gatherings, like those important Zoom presentations or carefully planned team-building exercises. Whether your meetings are in-person or virtual, it is important to know how demanding these events can be for our autistic team members. Luckily, there are simple ways you can make your meetings and social events more inclusive for autistic colleagues. In this blog, we’ll share our top three tips.1. Prioritize Clear Communication...
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auticon Canada Receives 2023 Canadian HR Reporter Readers’ Choice Award

Auticon Canada has been named a winner in the Specialized Recruitment Agency category in the 2023 Canadian HR Reporter (CHRR) Readers Choice Awards.
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auticon And Unicus Join Forces, Advancing ESG Mission of Neurodiversity 

The transaction unites two innovative social enterprises and global players in the IT industry; the deal unifies more than 465 autistic employees to become the largest autistic-majority company in the world.  auticon and Unicus have entered into an agreement under which the two companies will unite. The deal was brokered by Ferd, an Oslo-based family-owned investment company and shareholder in both companies. The historic deal establishes a global model for an autistic-majority social enterprise and ESG company, addressing the inequalities...
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