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Specialisterne Foundation

Specialisterne Foundation is a non-for-profit organization that works to enable one million jobs for people with autism and similar challenges. The foundation owns Specialisterne Denmark and the Specialisterne concept and trademark.

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Cats and Dogs: Communication Across a Neuro Divide

  The dog wags its tail and the cat thinks it is annoyed. The car purrs and the dog thinks the cat is angry. Should we teach the dog to stop wagging its tail or teach the cat to understand that when a dog wags its tail it does not mean it is angry? Should we...

Intersectionality

Like many autists I appear younger than my age, in part because I don’t perform age. I don’t perform age, race or gender, either. I don’t perform. Yet people tend to think I’m performing, that my words have a hidden meaning, or that I’m trying to behave like someone...

Sensory Sensitivities vs. Dislikes

  People often hear the terms sensory sensitivity or sensory aversion and think that a person experiencing those things just has a dislike for something, when in reality, there’s a strong difference between simply disliking something and having an aversion to it....

Autistic Prosody

  Difficulties related to pragmatics, or the social role of language, is a prevalent autistic trait. This is especially the case with atypical prosody. Issues with volume control, as well as with the rhythm and stress patterns of speech, are all related to the...

There’s a Brick on My Foot!

  Suppose you had a brick on your foot.  And you told someone: “I am in pain. Can you help me get this brick off my foot?” And they said: “You seem very upset. I think you might be anxious.” So, you move to another person: “I am in pain. Can you help me get this...