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Tech firm that employs adults on autism spectrum opens Columbus office

By Staff reporter, Carrie Ghose, Columbus Business First

An IT and compliance consulting firm that employs technology professionals on the autism spectrum plans 50 jobs at a new Columbus-area office, its first in the U.S. outside California.

Auticon is hiring now but has not yet selected an office location. It might temporarily base itself within a Central Ohio client’s office, a spokesman said via email.

“Our plans begin with Columbus and will expand across Ohio,” spokesman David Reeve said.

Four large Central Ohio IT firms have signed on as its first clients in the state, he said, but their names are not yet released.

Founded eight years ago in Berlin, Germany, auticon has some 250 employees in 15 locations globally. This year it expanded into Canada via an acquisition. Services include business analytics, artificial intelligence, software development and migration, and quality assurance and testing.

“We look forward to expanding into the Columbus region and working with the many talented individuals and tech companies. We have found Columbus-based companies to be very collaborative in solving IT business needs with an innovative workforce solution.” 

Said auticon Group CEO Kurt Scoffer. The unemployment rate is as high as 85% among autistic adults, Reeve said. No matter their skills or training, social situations such as a competitive job interview present barriers. Auticon’s employees were unemployed an average of three years before working for the company – including one man at its U.S. headquarters in Santa Monica, California, who has a master’s degree in mathematics.

Read more of this article in Columbus Business First