The Autism Academy for Software Quality Assurance (AASQA) is a social innovation initiative with the vision of harnessing the special talents of people on the Autism Spectrum for the collective benefit of those with autism, industry and the community.
Our mission is to enable individuals with autism to leverage their unique strengths and skills through training, education and mentoring programs, creating pathways to valued, long-term employment. This initiative simultaneously meets the social inclusion needs of people with autism and the business needs of the ICT industry, particularly in the area of software testing.
AASQA develops and runs outreach programs to introduce computer coding and technology to school age students. It also works with industry partners to raise awareness about the benefits of employing individuals on the Autism Spectrum, and to create internship opportunities for higher education students assisting them to transition into employment.
Underpinning the operation of AASQA are researchers and practitioners in software engineering, occupational therapy and special education from Curtin and its many partners.
This community partnership provides a strong business case to service the growing demands of the software testing industry, as well as delivering a ‘game-changing’ shift to maximise the employment potential of individuals with autism.
About the Speakers
Torbjorn Falkmer is Dean of Research and Program Director in the Autism CRC. He originated the 100 researcher strong Curtin Autism Group back in 2012 which now publishes more than a scientific paper per week. Within it, the Autism Academy of Software Quality Assurance plays a crucial part of demonstrating translational research to the immediate benefit of the Autism Community and the IT business sector. Together with A/Professor Tele Tan, Falkmer is Director of it. His burning passion is to make tomorrow better for the vulnerable and disadvantaged people involved in his research.
Tele Tan obtained his PhD degree in Electronics Engineering at Surrey University (UK) in 1993 in the area of computer vision. He served as a Senior Member of Technical Staff at the DSO National Laboratories in Singapore before moving to research and then to academia in 2000. He is currently an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Curtin University and Deputy Director of the Autism Academy for Software Quality Assurance. His research interests are in assistive technologies and rehabilitation engineering, using them to solve health and societal challenges in our community. His main teaching and learning passion is the adoption of work integrated learning to support the learning experience of Information Technology undergraduates. Tele established a working group with key partners in education, industry and autism organisations to help create opportunities and to remove barriers for individuals with autism spectrum to enter the IT job market. This has resulted in a development of programs that ensure continued and sustainable employment for IT graduates with autism.
Notice of ITEE WA Annual Meeting 5.30pm to 5.45pm
The ITEE Panel would like to take this opportunity to invite you to actively participate in its activities by nominating yourself for a position on the committee. If you are interested in a committee position please send your name and contact details to the WA Division Office via email to [email protected] by Monday 24 October 2016.