IT scholarships for people on the Autism Spectrum now open!

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 information communications technology (ICT) industry. In particular, ICT is facing challenges in attracting and retaining talents in areas like software development and testing, and cyber security.

AASQA, the Autism Association of Western Australia and the Department of Training and Workforce Development have provided five scholarships for 2023, to a value of up to $5,000 each funded by the Department. Applications are now open for the 2023 scholarship program. 

This scholarship is for students on the autism spectrum to study in the field of information technology. This includes software testing and programming, which both require high levels of attention over prolonged periods of time, which plays to the strengths of many individuals who are on the autism spectrum. Cyber security is another area of focus for this scholarship, offering fantastic pathways to a career in this growth area of IT.

Scholarships will cover the cost of student fees for courses at Certificate IV and Diploma levels. Applications close on 2 December 2022. 

Page last updated February 09, 2024