Companies Find Autism Can Be an Asset in the Workplace

Some employers increasingly are viewing autism as an asset in the workplace. For example, Software company SAP believes autism may make some individuals better at certain jobs than those without autism. Shirley Wang and SAP Managing Director Liam Ryan discuss. Photo: Ciaran Dolan for The Wall Street Journal.

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