Willetton Rotary Club gives $5500 to Willetton SHS for autism program


Director Autism Academy for Software Quality Assurance Professor Tele Tan and Willetton Rotary Club President Simon Cubitt. Picture: Marie Nirme
Director Autism Academy for Software Quality Assurance Professor Tele Tan and Willetton Rotary Club President Simon Cubitt. Picture: Marie Nirme

THE Willetton Rotary Club bequeathed $5500 to the Autism Academy for Software Quality Assurance to support an outreach program for students with autism at Willetton Senior High School.

It is the second year Rotary has fundraised for the program, after seed funding that enabled the Academy to begin the first pilot CoderDojo at Willetton Senior High School where five students, nicknamed ninjas, participated.

This year 40 students are expected to join the program.

Rotary president Simon Cubitt said the program was innovative in itself, and empowering for students on the autism spectrum.

“This is a socially innovative program being conducted by Curtin University to assist students, including those attending Willetton Senior High School, who have autism, to leverage their unique talents to provide a career in the Australian ICT industry as software testers,” he said.

The Academy thanked the Rotary Club of Willetton for their continued support.