Ashoka Fellow
Denmark
Fellow Since 2009
Specialist People Foundation
    This description of Thorkil Sonne's work was prepared when Thorkil Sonne was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2009.
    Introduction
    Thorkil Sonne is transforming the way society perceives autism—from viewing it as a handicap to recognizing that it can become a competitive advantage. By demonstrating that autistic people can not only function in the business world, but can thrive as specialists in certain types of work, he is offering an often isolated population the opportunity for active, productive and fulfilling lives.
    The New Idea
    The Problem
    The Strategy
    The Person

    Updates

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