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A collection of stories, experiences and uplifting tales regarding the world of disabilities and the individuals who have them.

Program teaches computer science to special-needs kids

Nava Silton

Computer science is an ever growing field, however employers are having a hard time finding qualified candidates to fill crucial positions. Due to this, employers are starting young and tapping into the talents of middle school students with special needs. Recently companies such as Microsoft, Amazon and Google have realized that the special needs community is underutilized. To remediate this a program called TEALS was created to bring volunteers from major computer companies to teach computer science in schools. The TEALS program had its first experience at a school primarily serving children with autism and it was extremely successful. These students might have autism, but they also have dreams and the TEALS program encourages them to make their dreams into reality. Read the full article here

photo courtesy of https://www.tealsk12.org/about/

photo courtesy of https://www.tealsk12.org/about/