The Autism Academy for Software Quality Assurance (AASQA) at Curtin University is an Australian social innovation initiative with the vision of harnessing the special talents of people on the Autism Spectrum. The mission of the Academy is to enable individuals on the Autism Spectrum to leverage their awesome talents and skillsets. Their natural ability for extreme attention to detail, appreciation of predictability and capacity to focus, will augment their training in addressing business needs of the ICT industry. In particular, ICT is facing challenges in attracting and retaining talents in areas like software development and testing, and cybersecurity.
AASQA, the Autism Association of Western Australia and the Department of Training and Workforce Development have provided five scholarships for 2021, to a value of up to $5,000 each funded by the Department. This scholarship is for students on the Autism Spectrum to undertake an appropriate VET course aimed at gaining employment in information technology (IT) and cybersecurity.
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.