Entries by Sharon Didrichsen

Celebrating the Autistic Community at Specialisterne NI, now ages 8-60+ and launching a new summer programme!

With news today regarding the rate of autism in N Ireland, we celebrate the autistic community at Specialisterne, which highlights the contribution autistic people make to N Ireland. The autistic community at Specialisterne NI, from this week, includes autistic young people from the age of 8 to 60+! Autistic young people at primary schools are […]

Minister of State for Northern Ireland listens to perspectives of autistic people.

Left to right: Jonathan Mc Murray, Mentor, Specialisterne NI, Sharon Didrichsen, MD, Specialisterne NI, Minister Burns, Adam Craig, Elaine Stephens, Head of Programmes, Specialisterne NI, Karl Ritchie.   On a visit to Northern Ireland in the run up to Autism Acceptance Month, the Minister of State for Northern Ireland visited social enterprise Specialisterne NI and […]

Launching Consider IT

We are delighted to launch Consider IT for a second year! A Bring IT ON initiative, Consider IT connects people working in IT (including neurodivergent people) across difference companies, types of IT roles, and levels of roles, with people who are autistic or otherwise neurodivergent who are considering careers in IT. Last year, the programme […]


We are excited to announce the launch of ALL2gether@work, Specialisterne NI’s new inter-company network for autistic employees! The All2gether@work network is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund Northern Ireland Designed to change the way autistic and neurodivergent people are supported in work, by moving to a community model of support, where autistic people connect […]

Social Impact Partner

Social Impact Partner Specialisterne NI is a not for private profit social enterprise which is part of the Specialisterne international network, which has the aim of 1 million careers for autistic people. Specialisterne NI has worked since 2014 to support autistic people to get ready for, secure, and progress in rewarding careers. Specialisterne is frequently […]

Launching www.work

We are excited to welcome enquiries for www.work, a new programme for autistic and neurodivergent people age 16+ (no upper age limit), which aims to develop the confidence and skills of autistic and neurodivergent people and to support participants to get ready for, secure and develop the skills to retain and progress in rewarding careers. […]