The Specialisterne Foundation (former Specialist People Foundation) today published a report proving the social-economic value of Specialisterne’s employment of people with autism to the Danish economy and on Danish society. The Specialisterne Impact Analysis Report shows that in the five-year period from 2008-2012 people with autism employed by or through Specialisterne have generated a net value of DKK 13.5 million for the Danish state.
This means that from 2008 to 2012 Specialisterne has created a total (as opposed to net) social-economic value of DKK 49.4 million through the hiring, or securing of jobs, for people with autism. The number of people employed varied year for year between 29 and 35, with 35 employed in 2012. This DKK 49.4 million was created through savings made to the Danish welfare system and through income garnered from taxes and pension contributions. After deduction of the public investments made to support individuals with autism in their jobs, the net value to the Danish state in the same period was DKK 13.5 million.
Another way of looking at the data is to consider the every krone invested in a Specialisterne employee with autism generates 2.20 DKK in taxes and contributions to Danish state coffers than if the same resources were invested in people without jobs, through for example unemployment benefits and other welfare payments.
The report also measures the social impact from having a person with autism employed compared to a situation where the same person is unemployed and on welfare. According to the report, 100% of the Specialisterne consultants surveyed stated that their transference from being on welfare to being employed by Specialisterne has had a positive impact on their lives – mostly in terms of the social and economic independence and on their overall wellbeing.
“This report proves categorically that harnessing the competences and talents of people with autism makes economic and social sense. We have shown our consultants have become valuable contributors to the labour market, solid taxpayers and less reliant on social welfare contributions.” Says Specialisterne CEO Steen Thygesen
The findings of the report have been verified by a number of private and public organizations in Denmark, such as The Danish Chamber of Commerce, The Social Capital Fund, The Danish Center for Social Economics, The Rockwool Foundation, The Danish National Center for Social Research and The Danish National Board of Social Services.
Read a summary of the report here.
Read the article in Danish newspaper Mandag Morgen here (requires a subscription).