shared courtesy of The Philadelphia Inquirer
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania – Meet Jose Velasco, vice president of product development for worldwide software giant SAP, and ambassador for Autism at Work, a global SAP program. He’s also the father of two sons who are on the autism spectrum.
Since it launched in 2013, Autism at Work has placed more than 160 employees who have autism in a variety of positions across 13 countries and in 28 locations — including at its North American headquarters in Newtown Square.
Here, Velasco talks about why the initiative makes good business sense, how neurodiverse-friendly employment practices can change a company’s DNA — and his hope that, in five years, Autism at Work is a thing of the past.