The Final Flagship Event of DCAL Creativity Month considers the talents of people on the Autistic Spectrum for Digital Content and Film/Video Production roles

Keynote Speaker: Channel 4’s Adam Gee: Multi Platform Specialist, speaking on ‘Born Risky’: how Channel 4 sets about being risky and pushing the diversity envelope and how its worked for Channel 4 changing people’s perception of diversity.

NOTE: April is World Autism Awareness Month and this year’s theme is Employment the Autism Advantage

Arts Council of Northern Ireland and DCAL commissioned Specialisterne NI to host the final, flagship event of Creativity Month in N Ireland.

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Farry supports those on the Autistic Spectrum into work through Software Testers’ Academy

April is World Autism Awareness Month and 2015’s theme is ‘Autism: the employment advantage’. This month also marks the start of new careers in Software Testing for four participants of the 2014/15 Software Testers’ Academy who are on the Autistic Spectrum, and who recently celebrated their success in securing job roles with leading IT Sector employers at the Software Tester Academy graduation hosted by Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry at parliament Buildings.

This year’s Software Testers’ Academy was unique in that Department for Employment and Learning (DEL) engaged the services of Specialisterne NI, to recruit four  participants for the Academy from the Autistic population in N Ireland.

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Specialisterne NI highlight employability for local Austism candidates

Specialisterne NI held a recent conference in east Belfast to raise awareness of the valuable service we offer.

Delegates at the Specialisterne conference in east Belfast were tested on their puzzle solving skills on Tuesday.

The idea was to show that it can be a natural attribute for people with autism, which in turn could make them perfect employees for the IT sector.

But often those puzzle solving and pattern identifying skills can transfer into the creative industries too.

The conference was aimed at bringing potential employers together with potential employees – who may have autism.

The local UTV news were in attendance at the event and there media report can be viewed here