Turns out, traits that make great software testers – intense focus, comfort with repetition, and memory for detail – also happen to be characteristics of autism. Aspiritech, a nonprofit in Highland Park, Ill., nurtures these skills while forgiving the quirks that can make adults with autism unemployable: social awkwardness, poor eye contact, being easily overwhelmed. The company’s name is a play on the words “Asperger’s,” “spirit” and “technology.”
While a lot of research and treatment focuses on providing children who have been diagnosed with Asperger’s and other autism spectrum disorders, what makes Apsiritech different is their focus on adults. It’s a great idea, and goodness only knows the world can use more gifted and motivated software QA people.