This coding startup trains autistic people to take on the tech industry
People on the autism spectrum are getting the support and skills they need to break into the tech industry. And it's all thanks to a new ...
Autistic characteristics perfect for technology jobs, yet 1M unfilled tech positions are expected by 2020
Coding Autism is widening the STEM funnel with autistic talent and empowering autistic adults to get employment through professional and social skills training
Microsoft, HP, SAP, Google, EY and more top firms have or will have autistic talent hiring divisions
Featured in Mashable, Yahoo Tech, Autism Speaks, The Mighty and others
150+ applicants on the waitlist for 15 slot in-person vocational certificate pilot program
Autism is a neurological variation that occurs in about 1% of the population that refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social and communication skills. While all Autistics are as unique as any other human beings, they share common characteristics, including:
Research has shown that typical autistic characteristics such as attention to detail, affinity for repetitive tasks, and introversion are all traits that lend themselves to becoming a successful employee within the tech industry.
Coding Autism inspires the next generation of neurodiverse STEM leaders by:
helping identify, develop, and support STEM learning at a young age
keeping students engaged through high school and into vocational programs or universities.
For neurodiverse adults:
We are providing integrated technical and social skills training that reduce the overall un/underemployment rate by finding them meaningful STEM employment.
We assist organizations who are looking for untapped talent to fill their computer science roles.
I. Adult In-Person Coding and Social Skills Certificate Program
A premiere coding bootcamp for autistic adults.
This is a 20 week, full-time course where students will be learning the fundamental skills necessary to secure an entry-level web developer job. We cover both front-end and back-end skills, and fully integrate them with social and career skills training. By the end of the course, students will walk away with a portfolio of full-stack web applications which they can use when applying to their first developer jobs.
II. Online Coding and Social Skills for Beginners
Our online coding and social skills programs allow students to learn the fundamentals of coding from anywhere in the world.
Presentation and communication skills sold in packages of eight one-hour sessions, these programs open up the STEM funnel for kids, teens, and young adults. With a strong fundamental base, students will be encouraged to pursue STEM-related studies and professions. The themes of these programs vary throughout the year.
III. STEM Robotics Workshop
To help widen the STEM funnel, Coding Autism has recognized that we must identify, develop, and support autistic STEM talent starting at a much younger age.
We are identifying and recruiting autistic talent starting in middle school and engaging that talent through our coding program and soon through our STEM Robotics Program. The more we can teach kids how to apply science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to the real world, the more successful they will be in the future; innovation and creativity become a foundation. Our goal is to acquire NAO robots which have been clinically used at universities across the US with autistic students successfully. NAO successfully bridges the communication for autistic kids and engagement levels have increased immensely. Students will have the ability to code and interact with NAO.
IV. Social Skills and Career Coaching Services
Coding Autism provides individualized 1:1 career and social skills coaching for autistics of all ages.
Because these services are individualized, rates and structure vary based on the needs of the individual. We also provide tutoring and individual learning services in coding and STEM.
Research has shown that typical autistic characteristics such as attention to detail, affinity for repetitive tasks, and introversion are all traits that lend themselves to becoming a successful employee within the tech industry. For this reason, some researchers have dubbed autism the “Geek Syndrome”.
There is a lack of skilled technical talent to fill the 1.4+million open tech roles by 2020. More Autistics (34%) go into STEM related majors than neurotypicals (22%) and excel with less error rates. This is an un/undertapped talent pool and it is just in time.
With the $60k+ average annual salary for entry-level, full-time tech industry professionals and the anticipated 1.4M vacant tech job openings in the next 5 years, tech is an attractive industry for autistics to pursue careers in.
Over the last decade, companies such as Microsoft and SAP have implemented autism hiring initiatives. This was done not to combat autistic unemployment, but because they have seen that autistic adults can be exceptional employees and drive innovation when provided the right structure, mentorship, and on-boarding.
Starting 2018, EEOC requires federal contractors to increase hires of people with disabilities from 7% to 12%.
American Apprenticeship Initiative – Dept. of Labor subsidized costs for training and provides $7,5K to employer towards mentorship.
Regional centers subsidize vocational training.
Our vision and goal is for a state of the art non-traditional learning classroom for our Computer and Robotics Lab. Our students need room to move to learn and innovate. We will have moveable desks and chairs, NAO codeable and teaching robots, laptops with up to date software, and experienced technical and neurodiverse staff. The classroom will have an open learning environment that is conducive to experimenting, innovating, and hackathons. There will be enough room for students to have their support and accommodations such as service and therapy dogs.
We are a team of autistic and neurodiverse individuals seeking to challenge stigma by helping people with disabilities achieve skills that lead to independence, meaningful work, meaningful relationships and to be of value to their community.
I was diagnosed with autism when I was 2 years old, shortly after my older brother Trinity was diagnosed. When Trinity was barely a toddler, experts told my parents he would never be able to speak or live an independent life. They were all wrong.
At age 7, Trinity finally spoke his first words and continued to defy his diagnosis. The experts were wrong. Today, Trinity is studying architecture and attending college. He is also a licensed real estate agent.
Trinity and I are extremely lucky, we had the support and resources needed to excel and pursue our dreams. When I was in college studying business administration, I realized how fortunate I really was. It was in college where I recognized that the numbers of my autistic peers had drastically declined since high school. This truly distressed me.
That’s when I decided that I wanted to build something that would help other autistics. Everyone deserves the right to work and be self-sufficient. While researching autism, I saw an alarming statistic repeated over and over again. “...over 80% of autistic adults are either unemployed, or underemployed.” How can that be? It’s just not acceptable.
From experience I have seen highly intelligent autistics not getting the opportunities they deserve due to communication barriers. I know firsthand that with the right support and opportunity, people with cognitive differences can accomplish great things. That is why I founded Coding Autism, a new kind of professional education that would provide autistics with employable skills that would not only provide them with jobs, but fulfilling careers where they can fully utilize their talents. In addition, we are redefining what talent looks like and that autistics are truly untapped talent.
Invest now and help Coding Autism accomplish its goal of navigating autistics to meaningful careers.
CEO & Founder of Coding Autism
Thank you note and social media shout out from the founders of Coding Autism.
Limited Edition Coding Autism Notebook and Sticker
Limited Edition Coding Autism Mug
Have your company name branded on our website and Coding Autism Swag bag
30 minute Skype session with the founders and company name branded on our website
Received a signed composite of the participants of our inaugural in-person coding bootcamp and listed as official sponsor on our Coding Autism site and Limited Edition T-Shirt.
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All of the above plus meet the founders in person in San Francisco for a lunch or dinner ($500 reimbursed towards travel expenses)
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All of the above plus become our Robotics Class sponsor listed on our site and ability to name the robot you helped purchase.
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Become our Robotics Class sponsor listed on our site and ability to name 2 robots you helped purchase. In addition, a thank you lunch or dinner with founders for 4 is included.
Become our main Robotics and Computer Lab Sponsor with official ribbon cutting ceremony. Name the lab and 2 robots that your generous donation helped purchased. In addition, a thank you dinner with founders for 4 is included.
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We are a for-profit LLC. As a for-profit business we will be able launch and scale more quickly by not having to rely on constant fundraising. This will allow us to make more reliable financial projections, and be able to compensate the best talent we can find.
Upon completion of the course, students will receive a certificate of completion. As with other coding bootcamps, we are not accredited. What students show their employers is the quality of their portfolio, the work that they produce while at Coding Autism. We are not an academic institution, but a company focused around training students with real-world vocational skills.
Students will apply by filling out an application on our website. We will review the applications and reach out to students that we think would be a good fit. From there we will conduct interviews, either in person or through video conferencing. With our web development immersive, we will be vetting students based on our assessment that they can keep up with the rigorous coursework and be employable with the proper training. Autism is a spectrum, and some students will have an easier time acclimating to neurotypical workspaces than others. This does not mean that we have forgotten nonverbal or other students with greater barriers. As we expand we will be providing other programs that will allow these types of learners an opportunity to acquire new skills, socialize, and demonstrate their talents. For the program we are fundraising for now, we are limiting our scope to the students that we think we can best equip to find employment after graduation.
We currently have online coding and social skills pilots for children ages 13 and older. We plan on launching in person workshops by the end of Q1 2018.
Our goal is to launch our first class in Q2 2018.
If you or someone you know would be interested in taking the class, it isn’t too early to reach out! Please visit our website to add yourself to our waitlist and we will follow up with you as we get closer to launch.
We are located in the San Francisco Bay Area.
My girlfriend's son is Autistic and maybe this will be the one that helps people with this type of need.Richard SmithInvested 3 minutes ago
My middle son Jimmy is autistic but he is low functioning. I would love to see higher functioning autistic people get and excel at something worthwhile.Louis MannarinoInvested less than a minute ago
Having a son on the spectrum, I think this is an incredible ideaBrad KaminskyInvested 2 minutes ago
I really like the idea and the way it will be delivered. Looking forward to seeing Coding Autism flourish.Claudia YefremianInvested 2 minutes ago
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