On the 12th of December, CORE hosted the Autism Academy for Software Quality Assurance (AASQA) who gave a fascinating Lunch & Learn for CORE Members. AASQA is a social initiative aimed at connecting individuals with autism to the ICT industry, for the benefit of those with autism, industry and the wider community.
The remarkable work of the AASQA was recognised earlier this year by winning the Most Impactful Social Benefit Award at the prestigious WA Information Technology and Telecommunications Alliance (WAITTA) Incite Awards.
Lead by Professor Torbjorn Falkmer and Associate Professor Tele Tan, the AASQA is based at the Cisco Internet of Everything Innovation Centre at Curtin University, is sponsored by Engineers Australia and have been working with Clough and Woodside Energy, all of which are CORE Industry Partners.
Powering the human enterprises of tomorrow requires empowering the human capabilities of today.
There are more than 200,000 Australians with Autism Spectrum Disorder, with up to 3,000 students with autism graduating high school every year without a clear career pathway.
With sought-after capabilities, such as high reliability, exceptional task focus and attention to detail, people with autism can meet the specialised needs required for software quality assurance.
AASQA provides outreach to young people before they reach the workforce, training people before they start working and providing placement support for industries who employ people with autism.
One of the interns of the programme, Michael, spoke about beginning his career at Bankwest as an IT Specialist and answered questions from the audience.