Vancity Savings Credit Union is a values-based financial co-operative serving the needs of its more than 509,000 member-owners and their communities. They are currently engaged in a technology project that involves data migration.
As is typical, data migration efforts are significant in that inconsistencies, anomalies, and incompatibilities in the data need to be reviewed and cleansed before, during, and after migration.
Vancity needed people who were precise, trustworthy, competent, and able to concentrate for long periods of time.
In late 2015, Focus Professional Services Inc. [Focus] was contracted to provide a team of three Data Technicians, individuals on the autism spectrum.
After Vancity provided training on their data systems, Focus proceeded to review and cleanse the data. The Focus team rapidly proved their abilities for speed, accuracy, and perseverance in reviewing and cleansing the data and quickly moved on to more challenging data quality activities.
With the assistance of the Focus PS Data Technicians, Vancity is ahead of its pre-migration data quality schedule.
“Overall, I am truly honored to have been part of this experience and had the opportunity to lead the team first hand. Having them here at Vancity and be a part of BAR not only helped with the work load and created capacity in both areas [data quality and software testing] but also created awareness and provided information to a lot of people of what Autism is.
Carol did an amazing job educating all of us about Autism and I believe her information session helped most of us be more comfortable approaching and communicating with someone that is on the spectrum.
From what I have observed, once our staff were educated and informed about people with a disability and just being around them, we stopped using the “D” word (Disability) and we just focused on their potential and abilities. These folks are very smart and highly functioning and it gives me teary eyes when they tell me how happy and blessed they feel to have this opportunity to work for Vancity and to contribute to BAR”
“I found “The Autism in the Workplace” presentation provided beneficial information. This information not only prepared the Vancity group on what to expect but also how we as a group can help the members of the Focus Group feel comfortable and welcome in the workplace.
The work the Team members (Arya, Han-Lin and Laura) have done has exceeded the volume of what we had hoped to accomplish. The group is dedicated to each and every work Campaign they have been assigned.
Being able to work closely with the Focus Group has been an extremely rewarding experience. I have learned that as individuals we may require a different approach in training or work environment and providing this opportunity to everyone is the first step to a diverse and inclusive workplace”.