The Digital Economy
News Coverage of Autism as an Asset in Employment
According to national press coverage, "A quiet movement is growing around the globe to help transform the unique attributes of people with ASD into sought after job skills." Individuals with ASD pay intense attention to detail, have single-minded focus and a willingness to work on something repetitively until perfect.
Minnesota Teen with Asperger's Syndrome Creates Incredible Arcade Games
From a very young age, Nate Allard had a very keen interest in gaming – not the games for mobile devices but the big arcade games. "Lost Glitch" is his most recent endeavor. Nate will be starting his sophomore year in high school this fall but is already enrolled in a youth technology program at Macalester College in St. Paul, studying video game coding and programming. The gaming industry is where he would like to be in the future. (7-29-16)
One Father's #BigIdea: Helping Those with Autism Find Technology Jobs - NBC News
nonPareil Institute, a nonprofit organization, is training students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in a broad range of software skills that are being sought after by technology companies. As the industry demand increases, so is the hiring of these young adults.
Autism Seen as Asset, Not Liability, in Some Jobs—MSNBC.Com
Ron Brix's longtime job as a computer systems developer for Wrigley, the gum and candy maker, required intense attention to detail, single-minded focus and a willingness to work on something repetitively until perfect. The secret he credits to his success? Autism...
For Some Jobs, Asperger's Syndrome Can Be an Asset – National Public Radio
We're talking a lot about unemployment these days, and here's one striking figure: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, fewer than 20 percent of the disabled people in the country have work - which gets us to a suburb outside of Chicago that's helping people with a form of autism...
iPods May Help Asperger's Kids Navigate Life – Mpls Star Tribune 2009
Video Games: Play and Learn. Bruce Bisping, Star Tribune