With the number of people diagnosed with autism increasing every year, unemployment rates for people on the spectrum increase also. This goes hand in hand with the lack of quality programs designed to train individuals with autism skills needed to enter into the competitive job market. In an effort to combat this issue, Coding Autism launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for their training program that teaches individuals on the spectrum necessary skills to acquire an entry-level web developer job. The campaign also gives donors the option to provide scholarships, enabling the duration of the class to be tuition-free.
The first “boot camp”, as Coding Autism refers to it as, is called ASPIRE Web Development Immersive and will be a 15-week, full-time course for students. The hope is that by the end of the 15-week period, students will be fully equipped with the skills needed for a computer-coding job.
PR Newswire quotes CEO and co-founder of Coding Autism, Oliver Thornton, stating, “It is completely unacceptable that our autistic community is experiencing an over 80% unemployment and underemployment rate…As passionate advocates who have either been diagnosed with autism ourselves or have family members affected with autism, we understand that with the right resources, training, coaching and environment that individuals with autism can thrive in the workforce.”
Coding Autism’s main goal is to create highly qualified and skilled to decrease the unemployment rate for people with autism, specifically in the tech industry.
PR Newswire describes the findings of previous research, which shows that certain characteristics of individuals with autism, such as attention to detail, affinity for repetitive tasks and introversion collectively enhance the likelihood of being a successful tech employee.
Companies such as Microsoft and SAP have continuously hired individuals with autism within their tech teams for the past decade. Their worker’s success rates exemplify how the tech industry can be an extremely positive opportunity for adults on the spectrum.