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(USA Today)   Innovative start-up company employs an entirely autistic workforce. Wait, didn't Bill Gates already do this?   (usatoday.com) divider line 20
    More: Interesting, startup company, Asperger, gates, Highland Park, DeLorean, autism spectrum, University of Missouri, ISI  
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2011-09-22 07:43:43 AM
Is it minecraft, since it's not quite spergy enough?
 
2011-09-22 08:19:38 AM
All of their products will have a save button you have to press exactly 47 times, and if you misclick you have to restart the computer and try again.

But seriously, having all your user testing done by autistic people (autists?) might be good to find bug-bugs, but it's going to be terrible for usability and user experience issues, unless your target audience is autistic people.
 
2011-09-22 08:34:25 AM
Wait, didn't Bill Gates already do this?
Not deliberately.
 
2011-09-22 08:38:00 AM
FTFA, Katie Levin talks nonstop. Brian Tozzo hates driving. Jamie Specht is bothered by bright lights, vacuum cleaners and the feel of carpeting against her skin. Rick Alexander finds it unnerving to sit near other people.

I hate handicapped people.

Rider Hallenstein draws cartoons of himself as a DeLorean sports car.

...I would like to see some of his cartoons...
 
2011-09-22 08:42:12 AM
Worst. Customer. Service. EVER.
 
2011-09-22 08:48:51 AM
FTFA: Aspiritech, a nonprofit in Highland Park, Illinois, nurtures these skills while forgiving the quirks that can make adults with autism unemployable: social awkwardness, poor eye contact, being easily overwhelmed.

Huh.

.......

...huh. Only thing is, I f*cking HATE repetition.

Annoyance: minecraft


ok, I guess I can tolerate repetition. Love that f*cking game.

Barakku: All of their products will have a save button you have to press exactly 47 times, and if you misclick you have to restart the computer and try again.

But seriously, having all your user testing done by autistic people (autists?) might be good to find bug-bugs, but it's going to be terrible for usability and user experience issues, unless your target audience is autistic people.


Have a beta test team of "normal" people, I guess.
 
2011-09-22 08:59:16 AM
Not the first company to do so.
http://abcnews.go.com/WN/software-company-hires-people-autism/story?i d =10260617
 
2011-09-22 09:45:40 AM
What happens when it's time for Wapner?
 
2011-09-22 09:46:29 AM

Barakku: All of their products will have a save button you have to press exactly 47 times, and if you misclick you have to restart the computer and try again.



Autism is not the same as OCD.
 
2011-09-22 10:33:39 AM
Their company will dive into bankruptcy when their employees discover you can stream episodes of The People's Court directly to your work terminal.
 
2011-09-22 10:35:18 AM
My wife works in software testing. This explains a LOT
 
2011-09-22 10:41:42 AM
I guess this means they're going to have to outsource HR and marketing?
 
2011-09-22 11:06:02 AM
Considering that poor fine motor skills are also a symptom of Autism I bet fast-action arcade games aren't on their testing list.
 
2011-09-22 12:46:21 PM
For the people talking about UI...

I'm assuming by "Software Testing" they mean "Software Quality Assurance," which is basically just "does it work."
SQA people don't care about the interface, because they often get the product before the interface has been finished, and it is often changed after SQA is done with it. UI stuff is left to a different group of people.

So, this sounds like a good idea.
 
2011-09-22 02:07:21 PM

Barakku: All of their products will have a save button you have to press exactly 47 times, and if you misclick you have to restart the computer and try again.

But seriously, having all your user testing done by autistic people (autists?) might be good to find bug-bugs, but it's going to be terrible for usability and user experience issues, unless your target audience is autistic people.


DVD specifications for my son

* Plays the studio ident in a continuous loop
* Ability to sort by studio
* Feature that will freeze the frame any time Peter from Family Guy fights with the giant chicken, or vomits.
* Indestructible DVD tray
 
2011-09-22 02:31:27 PM
Every time the phone rings, the entire office cries for 45 minutes straight.
 
2011-09-22 04:42:26 PM

Rent Party: Barakku: All of their products will have a save button you have to press exactly 47 times, and if you misclick you have to restart the computer and try again.

But seriously, having all your user testing done by autistic people (autists?) might be good to find bug-bugs, but it's going to be terrible for usability and user experience issues, unless your target audience is autistic people.

DVD specifications for my son

* Plays the studio ident in a continuous loop
* Ability to sort by studio
* Feature that will freeze the frame any time Peter from Family Guy fights with the giant chicken, or vomits.
* Indestructible DVD tray


Brat-dadada, brat-datdat-datdat bat-dadada
Broom-bat-bat-doom (bat-dadada)
Broom-bat-bat-dooom (bat-dadada)
Brroom bat bat doooom (brat-datdat-datdat brat-datdatdatdat-brat-datdat-brat-dat datdoo)
 
2011-09-22 06:05:24 PM

SomethingToDo: Rent Party: Barakku: All of their products will have a save button you have to press exactly 47 times, and if you misclick you have to restart the computer and try again.

But seriously, having all your user testing done by autistic people (autists?) might be good to find bug-bugs, but it's going to be terrible for usability and user experience issues, unless your target audience is autistic people.

DVD specifications for my son

* Plays the studio ident in a continuous loop
* Ability to sort by studio
* Feature that will freeze the frame any time Peter from Family Guy fights with the giant chicken, or vomits.
* Indestructible DVD tray

Brat-dadada, brat-datdat-datdat bat-dadada
Broom-bat-bat-doom (bat-dadada)
Broom-bat-bat-dooom (bat-dadada)
Brroom bat bat doooom (brat-datdat-datdat brat-datdatdatdat-brat-datdat-brat-dat datdoo)


He prefers Paramount.

20th Century Fox he's OK with, unless it's the beginning of The Simpson's Movie. When Martin walks out of the "O" in FOX and starts doing the trumpet bit, Jr. Party completely freaks out and melts down. Singing along pisses him off.
 
2011-09-22 08:11:58 PM
This year, Aspiritech projects $120,000 in revenue, with 60% coming from donations and 40% from clients

So the company has $48,000 in sales this year. It's really more of a charity than a company.
 
2011-09-22 08:53:08 PM
Does anybody know how to find these sorts of organizations? Is there some kind of nationwide directory somewhere?

I live in San Diego, and I have a friend who could really use the occupational therapy, but has very bad OCD (among other things) and could never hold down a "regular" job due to her symptoms.
 
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