Autism is a growing concern for doctors and parents. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just released numbers saying that 1 in 68 U.S. children land somewhere on the autism spectrum, and the CDC says it's the fastest-growing developmental disorder in the U.S.
Symptoms of autism are "social-interaction difficulties, communication challenges and a tendency to engage in repetitive behaviors." These symptoms can range from mild to severe and have varying impacts on the people involved. So, what does this have to do with Microsoft?
Microsoft is launching a pilot program the Danish foundation Specialisterne. It's actually a Dutch word meaning "The Specialists" and the pilot program is focusing on hiring people with autism for full-time positions at the Microsoft location in Redmond, Washington.