LiveCode is raising money to teach people with autism to code mobile apps.
The software development company has a goal to raise $350,000 through a 45-day crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. The money will pay for 3,000 young autistic adults to take a six-month online training course.
The program is a modified version of LiveCode's Create It product, which teaches people with no coding experience how to create basic apps like messaging, calculators, and clocks. LiveCode says the goal is to give people on the autism spectrum an opportunity to develop job skills.
Autism is a developmental disability caused by a neurological disorder that affects a person's social and communication skills. But most people with autism are highly skilled in other ways. Many are particularly adept at recognizing patterns and paying close attention to detail.
"That can make coding tasks ideal," LiveCode says.
The company launched its Indiegogo fundraiser on Thursday, to coincide with World Autism Awareness Day.
Thursday, April 23, 2015
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