Coding for Kids

In relation to our previous post about why more Cybersecurity centers should hire people with Autism Spectrum Disorder, we wanted to inform you of some great kids resources in our local Virginia area.

Ninja Warriors

In Fairfax, Virginia, Ninja Warriors is an up and coming resource for the community! Upon opening, Code Ninjas Camps will offer an immersive environment for kids to explore and develop new skills to become potential digital gurus as well as have fun with friends. They will soon offer after-school programs as well as summer camps! For more info click here.

Generation Code

Generation Code’s mission is to transform kids into digital leaders, and they serve individuals through Lab and summer camps. They also serve schools and communities using innovative curriculum and professional development.

Each Generation Code camp is hands-on to help kids’ coding skills. Campers learn crucial coding skills and in-demand languages, like HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Java while building their critical thinking and collaborative skills. Every day of camp, students learn from each other and express their creativity through code.

Their programs include Mobile App Development (11+), Ozo Robotics, Scratch animation and Game design, Intro to Java Script, and more!

For more information on after-school courses and summer programs visit https://www.generationcode.com/products/2018

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Not Near You?

If neither of these is near you, it could still be a great resource to consider looking into. Considering the need in the IT and Cybersecurity profession, this could be a great activity for your child to attempt.

The Tech world has the potential to be a great professional endeavor for someone with Autism Spectrum Disorder. We hope you find these ideas helpful.

 

 

Cyber Security Centers Should Hire More People with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre has voiced hiring people with ASD as a potential answer to stopping Cyber Attacks. The Cyber security skills gap is expected to reach 1.5 million globally by 2019, according to (ISC)2, meaning a shortage of employees but an abundance of need.

Many people with Autism Spectrum Disorder have a specific gift and aptitude for cybersecurity, but they are regularly overlooked in the job market.

Mike Spain, director at Cyber Exchange knows that ‘neurodiverse’ adults can make a huge difference.  The term refers to individuals with ‘spectrum’ conditions including autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD and OCD.

Neurodiverse individuals have the abilities desired for Cyber Security: cognitive pattern recognition, outside-the -box thinking, attention to detail, logical and methodical thinking, focus and integrity, says Spain. “Diverse teams are more productive, more creative and more successful,” and the cybersecurity sector “could potentially be the ideal place to benefit from neurodiverse talent”, he says.

With this in mind, Spain started the Cyber Neurodiversity Group with the idea that hiring processes need to change. “Recruitment practice, processes and systems are largely designed around social skills, an area many struggle with.”

Spain points out that some firms have seen a 50% increase in productivity on certain tasks performed by neurodiverse individuals, “which is the kind of figure that makes the board listen”.

“We must ensure a pathway exists from early years right through to employment and retention for them to develop their skills so they can be deployed in the right way and the sector can benefit from this talent.”

We agree with Mike Spain, and can only hope positive employment pathways continue to expand for those with ASD.