1. Microsoft Wants Autistic Coders. Can It Find Them And Keep Them?

    Microsoft Wants Autistic Coders. Can It Find Them And Keep Them?

    The day before Blake Adickman was scheduled to start interviewing at Microsoft last spring, he called his parents and kept them on the phone as he walked from his hotel to the building where his meetings were set to take place. His parents, back in Boca Raton, Florida, zoomed in on Redmond, Washington, on Google Maps and followed along. When he arrived at the building, he took a photo of its entrance and texted it to them. Then he turned around and retraced his steps to his hotel.

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    1. As a whole, people with autism—even those who are quite bright, and intellectually quite capable—are facing worse job prospects because of their social challenges.
    2. They can't get a job that's commensurate with their abilities.
    3. I think my honesty gets the better of me sometimes.
    4. It's great that we're hiring five or 10 or 15 people, but to really drive that inclusive culture, we've got to figure out how to get a lot of these things into the mainstream.
    5. We'd have to think about what kind of accommodations we'd have to make, and then would it have an impact on the team's current culture and chemistry?
    6. That kind of turnaround is really impressive.
    7. If we want to talk about neurodiversity, why would I want to fit him into my box?
    8. In your first couple of weeks, all I expect is that you show up and learn.
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