Title Specialisterne Iceland-SPICE
Project Number 2010-1-IS1-LEO05-00579
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text The aim of this project is to provide meaningful employment for people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in Iceland, UK, and Germany by transferring the specialised knowledge, methods, and expertise that the firm Specialisterne in Denmark have developed and deployed.
Summary There is a severe under-representation of high-functioning ASD individuals in the workforce. Specialisterne Denmark has developed and implemented a method to train individuals with ASD to join the labour market on their own terms and strengths while receiving market wages. This project will try and utilise the acquired knowledge in Denmark to find meaningful employment for people with ASD.
SPICE is a collaborative project between Iceland, Denmark, Scotland, and Germany on the transfer of innovation from Specialisterne Denmark in Ballerup, Denmark.
By successfully replicating the Danish Specialisterne business model in these countries the project will provide employment to individuals that have not been able to participate in society by partaking in the workforce and receive market wages for their work contribution. The project will lead to a sustainable non-profit enterprise that will employ people with ASD and create jobs in Iceland, UK, and Germany.
The consortium consists of 6 formal partners in the four aforementioned countries. By utilizing the strength of each party, proven assessment and training methods, international experience, quality management, financial management, pedagogical experience and social integration experience, the consortium will be able to successfully ensure a successful project conclusion.
Each project country will have people with ASD in employment and a sustainable operation. The project will bring people out of disability and into meaningful employment in the project countries. It will bring in new highly specialised resources to the software industry while it enhances the quality of life for higher functioning individuals with ASD. The program enriches society, promotes an increased understanding of diversity and works to increase equality of disabled people.
The success of Specialisterne in Denmark is the basis for adapting this methodology and transfer of its know-how to the three participating countries. A successful replication of Specialisterne in this project has the potential to be exemplary to Europe and to other groups of individuals who are disadvantaged in labour markets.
Recognition, transparency, certification
Access for disadvantaged
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Human Health and Social Work Activities
Information and Communication
program or curricula
description of new occupation profiles
procedure for the analysis and prognosis of the vocational training requirement
Specialist People Foundation (SPF) will package the 6 year knowledge and experience from its subsidiary Specialisterne Denmark and give support to partner countries in transferring the knowledge and implement the model into their own local context.
This is a method of assessing, training, and enabling people with ASD and make the able to join the work force. The package will include operation manual on; leadership model, assessment, and training model and employment unit that provides jobs for people with ASD. SPF will also coordinate the training and knowledge sharing conference between the partners.