A spectrum of difference - creating EPIC software testers

We have been lucky enough to work with a not-for-profit organization called EPIC Recruit Assist to offer software testing training to a group of young adults on the autism spectrum, through a new initiative known as the “EPIC TestAbility Academy”.

In this talk, we will describe:

  • What is the autism spectrum and why it aligns with software testing
  • How this relationship came about
  • Why it is important to seek opportunities that drive diversity
  • Key relationships, shared goals and building the vision
  • The importance of communication
  • Building a balanced programme
  • Preparation that was required to get the programme off the ground
  • Lessons learned in finding participants
  • Lessons learned delivering the training
  • The outcomes for the candidates on completion of the programme.
 
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  • What is the autism spectrum and why it aligns with software testing
  • How this relationship came about
  • Why it is important to seek opportunities that drive diversity
  • Key relationships, shared goals and building the vision
  • The importance of communication
  • Building a balanced programme
  • Preparation that was required to get the programme off the ground
  • Lessons learned in finding participants
  • Lessons learned delivering the training
  • The outcomes for the candidates on completion of the programme

Learning Outcome

  • What autism is and how those with autism can be particularly suited to IT work.
  • Why you should think about reaching out and helping to grow the IT community
  • An insight into how you can go about getting a program up and running and the problems you might encounter.

Target Audience

Those interested in broadening diversity in IT or specifically at their workplace. Anyone interested in reaching out and helping our community to grow. Anyone that wants an introduction to autism and how people with autism have key skills for IT careers.

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