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Teens with Autism Use Google-Developed Software to Build Job Skills

July 15, 2014

(July 15, 2014) -- The University of Utah and Columbus Community Center are hoping to give teenagers with autism the confidence and skills needed to excel in the workplace through NeuroVersity, a pilot program that teaches 10 high school students a new 3-D imaging software called SketchUp Make, which was developed by Google. 

Sixteen-year-old program participant Mason Dimock said, "I think it's a great program. It not only helps you with SketchUp, but it helps with social skills, too."

The program was highlighted this week at a conference in Salt Lake City called "The Bottom Line of Disabilities: The Social Financial and Economic Impact in Our Communities." Natalie Gochnour, associate dean for the University of Utah's David Eccless School of Business said about the program, "People with disabilities bring a very unique skill set, very valuable skills." She also mentioned the positive impact of hiring individuals with autism as 65 percent of adults with disabilities in Utah are currently unemployed. 

The pilot program lasts two weeks though they hope to extend it indefinitely in the future.