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Microsoft believes that diversity enriches our performance and products, the communities where we live and work, and the lives of our employees. This program is part of our recruitment, retention and career development strategy related to diversity and inclusion, and ultimately increase the percent of employees with disabilities at Microsoft.
We are continually looking to increase the diversity of our workforce and this is one of our many diversity efforts. However, this program is geared for people who are on the autism spectrum. For more information on Microsoft’s diversity efforts, please visit our Global Diversity and Inclusion site.
This represents one of the ways we are evolving our approach to increasing the diversity of Microsoft’s workforce. We believe there is a lot of untapped potential in the marketplace, and potential roles that would set future employees up for success.
Interested candidates with autism may email their resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
While any role at Microsoft is a potential option for the Autism Hiring Program, we have found that these roles are most often a good fit for candidates and employees on the autism spectrum; Software Engineer, Service Engineer, Build Engineer, Lab Engineer, Data Analyst or Data Scientist.
For more information about Microsoft’s commitment to Diversity and Inclusion, please visit our Global Diversity and Inclusion site.
Resumes are screened for the skills and qualifications necessary in the identified open roles. A set of eligible candidates will be asked to complete and online technical assessment. Candidates may also be invited for a pre-screening interview to gauge their interest, skill and experience for the position. You may then be invited to a multiple-day skills assessment program covering workability, team building, and technical skills on Microsoft’s Redmond campus. The hiring teams will meet and engage with the candidates during program exercises and job interviews. Based on the skills assessment and hiring manager feedback, the candidate could be offered a full time job as a Microsoft employee.
Roles are based in Redmond and other US cities with Microsoft offices (including Mountain View, Fargo, Cambridge and Raleigh). Our international expansion plans are still being designed.
Microsoft wants Autistic Coders
If you would like to request reasonable accommodation on account of a disability, our Benefits department makes it easy. Examples of reasonable accommodation include (but are not limited to): modifications to a physical work environment, assistive devices and software, modified schedules, service animals, services of a Sign Language Interpreter (SLI) or captioning assistance, Autism/ABA benefits, professional job coaches, and assistance when traveling with a medical condition or disability.
The goal of onboarding at Microsoft is to enable every individual to be successful. To do that, Microsoft provides core resources across the company. This starts with building awareness around disability inclusion during the hiring process and equipping each recruiter with the resources to best support their candidates. Upon hiring, we provide individualized, disability-specific training for teams and individuals to learn how to most effectively work together. Online trainings are also available for all employees to further the awareness of meaningful disability inclusion.
Internally, we have a vibrant and active disability community of over 1,000 members worldwide. The community, established over 15 years ago, expanded to over 12 groups including ‘parents of children with special needs,’ people with MS, PTSD, ALS, as well as some of our oldest groups for employees with deafness or sight loss. Each group is actively managed by teams of Microsoft employees.
In an effort to go beyond “meeting accessibility standards” in our products, the Design team gathered insights around the true meaning of universal design that is intentionally inclusive of people with disabilities from the beginning. The Design Team met with the disability community both internally and externally and used their insights to create a booklet as the start of a journey to shift our mindset about inclusive engineering practices. The team has shared these learnings internally (with other engineering teams) and externally with students. We are now delivering inclusive design workshops (internally and externally), as well as creating a documentary film capturing the influence on the future of interaction design. For more information on Inclusive Design, visit our Microsoft Design page.
Microsoft has a long standing commitment to accessibility and aims to enable people of all abilities to realize their full potential. Accessibility can empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Microsoft creates technology that is accessible to people around the world—of all ages and abilities. We have developed a Microsoft Accessibility Standard to guide internal teams toward building accessibility into all our products and services. We empower employees, ensuring that events like monthly town hall meetings are captioned both in the room and on demand. We strive to deliver solutions across our product portfolio that will enable people and our customers to do more with their devices such as inbox screen reader, magnifier, high contrast and speech recognition