Autelligent Laboratories – Autism Business Models

Ladies and Gentlemen,
This is what I’m talking about!
Isaac Dealey at Autelligent Laboratories is, as I like to say, “Handling His Business“! Autelligent Laboratories is working to create jobs for 40 million (no, that’s not a typo) people with autism, worldwide. Their plan is described much more eloquently on their website, but the basics idea is this: design a reproducible business model, so that people can tailor it to their talents. Recruit autism-specific talent for their company worldwide, using the internet, and then help other business to do the same.

Check out a more in-depth document about AutLabs.

What I like the best about this project is that it is based on the strengths of autism. Mr. Dealey is talking about making money designing software for businesses, using what is awesome about people with autism (often strong analytical thinking, ability to focus, ability to see patterns etc). He wants other people to use AutLabs’ open-sourced business model to design business based on what they love to do. Our great country, and the autism community, has waited too long to capitalize off the strengths of autism! Why not set up a web-based business that doesn’t require a whole lot of politics, schmoozing, and small talk? Great idea, AutLabs.

Mr. Dealey has an Aspergers diagnosis himself, and is unhappy with the unemployment rate for adults with Autism and Aspergers (over 90% in the United States!), and guess what? He’s designed this really cool project to do something about it, not just for him, but other people too! Not that he needs it, but this project, and Isaac himself get an EmpowerAutism 10 out of 10 points.

This cool autism business project is still in the design phase, and could use your input. Please visit their wiki, and contribute ideas, time, or money if you can!

What do you think?


  1. Dik van Meerten September 4, 2009 2:25 pm  Reply

    This is such a smart thing to do! It’s amazing that someone hasn’t thought about it before.
    Some caveats of course: If someone is making money there is the risk that the folk with autism will be taken advantage of. They’re at risk because some are really vulnerable. The moment you mix vulnerable people with capitalism, ugly things can happen.
    But it seems like a great idea.

  2. ike September 5, 2009 3:32 pm  Reply

    Well in my case I happen to be on the autistic spectrum myself. 🙂

  3. Dik van Meerten September 7, 2009 10:05 pm  Reply

    Well yes, and I hope it is understood that I in no way implied that you would take advantage of vulnerable autistic people. the general caveat still holds though.

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