Hear stories from participants and parents who have benefited from our evidence-based programs:
Autism Academy and CoderDojo
“CoderDojo has helped to cement my choice of career, and the work experience has been very helpful with that. As a mentor, I’ve enjoyed sharing my knowledge with the ninjas, and talking about coding and being sociable with the mentors.
Although it may sometimes seem like a lot of people, they all like computers, and if that’s what you like to talk about, then you will have a good time. Most people are pretty friendly, and if you need help, there is always someone to ask.
CoderDojo has helped me to learn that I like doing software testing, and the ISTQB and work experiences have helped me to enter university to do computing.”
“My son Liam has benefitted greatly from AASQA. He has participated as a CoderDojo ninja and a mentor, in the AASQA and rerisk® TestHack, and the Curtin AI Bootcamp.
Being part of AASQA also gave him the opportunity to study and qualify for the ISTQB Foundation Level Qualification, and undertake work experience at rerisk® and Curtin IT Services, which he enjoyed very much.
Over his time with AASQA, we have seen him blossom from an anxious teenager into a confident young man. Being one of the youngest known people to qualify for the ISTQB Foundation Level Certificate, which he completed while still at high school, has significantly boosted his self-confidence and helped to open the door to a university course in computing via an alternative entry pathway.
This is something that would ordinarily have been denied him, because of his difficulties with the type of creativity required to pass the high school English curriculum, despite his spelling, grammar, reading, writing and comprehension skills being very good.”
Curtin Specialist Mentoring Program
“I chose the Curtin Specialist Mentoring Program (CSMP) because I needed a group to support me and help me develop my social skills and learn how to study effectively, as well as communicate to my lecturers what I needed.
I would like to work in the field of science communication. Through CSMP I was able to join the volunteer program at Scitech, which is where I work now, and I was able to gain valuable experience there.
The program taught me to be brave in how I communicate and to just be myself. Communication is key in my field and everybody communicates in a different way. As long as I am confident I will find a way to communicate the ideas that need to be communicated. CSMP gave me a safe space to use trial and error in communication.
I am in the process of editing my first book, hopefully to be published by the end of this year.”