Software Company Relying on Employees' Asperger's Skills?
September 30, 2011
Sharon Soliday, CCC-SLP
Aspiritech, a U.S. startup company that specializes in finding software bugs by harnessing the talents of young adults with autism.
Aspiritech provides meaningful work (pay is $12 to $15 an hour) in a relaxed environment where bosses never yell if you're late and nobody minds if you need to be alone for a while. What's more, the company is building social skills. The software testers, who are in their 20s and 30s, are trained to work together and they take part in organized outings: miniature golf, bowling, eating at a restaurant.