Special public service programs give people with disabilities real jobs to do

People with intellectual disabilities are getting administrative work for the Department of Defence, while the Department of Human Services is providing work opportunities for people on the autism spectrum who can really excel in IT jobs.

DHS brings word this week from one of the participants in the Dandelion program, an interesting initiative that finds computing jobs in big companies and government departments that people with atypical neurology are particularly suited to.

The department says Joel Bissmire had “always dreamed of a career in IT” and studied a Bachelor of Games and Interactive Entertainment after high school, but dropped out and took a part-time food service job. The program got his career back on track.

“My day to day role includes testing new features into existing systems to make sure they don’t break,” he explained. “The job is fairly important because we don’t want the consumers to get faulty software.”

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