By Sherry Huang

Starting this year, Microsoft is recruiting people with autism. This is good news for parents raising kids with special needs (especially kids with autism) who are worried about what the future has in store.

The computer software company is working with Specialisterne, a non-profit aimed at connecting people who have autism with potential employers, on a pilot program that will help individuals transition into the technology industry.

Microsoft is the first big company in the U.S. to actively recruit people with autism, though it has been supporting autism awareness for years.

Right now, full-time employees with autism will work at their Redmond, Washington headquarters, but company hopes to hire individuals with other special needs in the future.

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Sherry Huang is a Features Editor for Parents.com. She loves collecting children's picture books and has an undeniable love for cookies of all kinds. Her spirit animal would be Beyoncé Pad Thai. Follow her on Twitter @sherendipitea.

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