a specialist company within digital imaging – and an employer for people with Asperger syndrome.
The “Film Specialists” (in Norwegian: “Filmspesialistene”) has been the project name for the company Pixellus – aimed at creating meaningful work for people with Asperger syndrome. We want to build a business where people with Asperger or high-functioning autism are allowed to do what they are extremely good at. The business idea is to create a specialist company within digitization, editing and restoration of customers’ unique and irreplaceable collections of images. The work is repetitive, while at the same time requiring an ability to “see” a holistic view of required changes to improve an image, e.g. with regards to contrast, light and shade, hue and dust removal. This is exactly the type of work that requires the kind of dedication, systematic approach and focus on details that people with such diagnosis possess.
We went from project phase to early production phase in September 2011.
The logo’s quite unique X is linked to the extraordinary – in business concept, people and expertise. Also, the X symbolizes the human and inclusive, while the orange color stands for innovation and courage – a desire and a willingness to think outside the box .
A market survey indicates a clear need for services in this area:
- Exploits the strengths in people with Asperger syndrome or high-functioning autism, and within another area than software testing.
- Is not a company that ”produces” jobs for public authorities, but rather delivers highly valuable services to demanding customers in an external market
- Addresses the problem of (mis-)using disability benefits for a group of young people who are often motivated to work and who might have been in paid work given the proper facilitation.
The company Specialisterne in Denmark has been an important source of inspiration.
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