A scholarship program launched by the State Government in 2016, which benefits people on the autism spectrum and helps create a pathway to future employment, has been extended and scholarships are now available for second semester 2019.
The program offers scholarships up to the value of $5,000 each, to people on the autism spectrum to study in the field of information technology. Software testing needs high levels of attention over prolonged periods of time, and this plays to the strengths of many individuals who are on the autism spectrum. Cybersecurity is another area of focus for this scholarship.
Scholarships will cover the cost of student fees for information technology, programming, cybersecurity or software development courses at Certificate IV and Diploma levels.
The program is a collaboration between the Autism Academy for Software Quality Assurance based at Curtin University, the Autism Association of Western Australia, the training sector and the Department of Training and Workforce Development.