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While visiting NetApp sites around the world, a human resources executive talked to a number of employees who were dealing with family issues, including adoption and autism. So she helped come up with benefits that provide employees of the data storage company, which has an office in Waltham, with $25,000 for autism therapies and $20,000 for adoption expenses.

Since the program’s inception in 2006, 60 of the company’s 8,300 global employees have been granted more than $259,000 in adoption assistance. Figures for those who have used the autism benefit weren’t available.

“We offer programs that have meaning to our employees and what is important to them,’’ said Annamarie Dunn, senior manager of human resources at NetApp. “In return, employees give something more of themselves. They want to have a direct impact on the success of the company, and that’s what makes our culture and company so strong.’’ 

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