BERLIN (AP) — German software giant SAP AG says it plans to recruit hundreds of staff with autism to make full use of their talents to process information.

Autism is a developmental disorder characterized by difficulties in communicating, emotional detachment and rigid or repetitive behavior.

But some people with autism can perform complex mathematical tasks much better than the average population.

SAP says an estimated one percent of the world population has a form of autism and the company wants to reflect that in its 65,000-strong workforce, adding it sees a "potential competitive advantage to leveraging the unique talents of people with autism."

The jobs will include software testing, programming and quality assurance.

The Walldorf, Germany-based software maker is partnering with Danish organization Specialisterne, which helps people with autism work in technology jobs.

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