Job interviews can be especially hard if you're autistic. A Microsoft effort aimed at a wider spectrum of the workforce wants to solve that.
Cudos to Microsoft (yes, I said it) for doing something big, admirable, and important. I wanted to share this post, as I’ve run into so many clients, friends, and associates who have family members afflicted with some form of autism. If you are a parent of a child with a brain processing disability (as am I), then, of course, you’ve had those late night worries about your child’s future. How will they make it without me? Will they ever be independent? How will they earn a living? And so on, ad-infinitum, every single day. However, many of these kids are actually super intelligent and gifted. I’ve seen autistic kids excel at wrestling, judo, jiu-jitsu and other martial arts. Some are whizzes at math and can easily compute solutions for complex problems. And, yes, there are certainly those video “gamers,” who can spend all hours of the day breaking point records on their iPads! So when I read this blog about Microsoft’s program to source software coders with autism, it just kind of made sense. What was pleasantly surprising, however, is that Microsoft is the one leading the way; so a BIG “thanks” to the software giant. What’s most important (and here’s today's chance to “pay it forward”) is to please share this article with anyone you know that has a family member or friend affected by autism or any other brain processing disorder. Perhaps coding is that proverbial LIGHT they’ve been looking for!