Aspiritech Invites Community Members to Upcoming Open House

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Highland Park, Ill.—On Sunday, October 18, Aspiritech will host an Open House in its new office space located at 1893 Sheridan Road, Suite 103, Highland Park, Illinois, 60035. Held from 2 – 5 p.m., the Open House and ribbon cutting ceremony will offer an opportunity for dignitaries, community members, board members, advisors, employees and their families to come together in celebration of Aspiritech’s new home and recent expansion.  Aspiritech will also celebrate the receipt of a generous grant to strengthen its infrastructure and enable growth from The Coleman Foundation.

Founded in 2008, Aspiritech was one of the first non-profits in the country to create an effective employment model for high-functioning adults on the autism spectrum. Aspiritech provides high-quality, competitively-priced software testing services for a wide range of companies. Aspiritech’s test engineers share a form of autism that enables them to excel in the software testing field—a field that requires tremendous attention to detail, prolonged focus on repetitive tasks, strong visual perception, remarkable concentration, excellent memory, logical thinking, and incredible precision.

Aspiritech’s employees undergo a rigorous, intensive training program and receive continued support if needed from autism specialists and professional managers. Many of Aspiritech’s employees have struggled to find meaningful employment elsewhere; studies show that only 15% of adults with autism are successfully employed. Harnessing the talents and abilities of an underutilized population is not only good business sense—it’s also socially beneficial. Gainful employment can boost self-esteem, enhance community acceptance, and provide a clear vocational path for individuals on the autism spectrum.

In addition to hands-on technical training, Aspiritech employees benefit from the Stepping Up and Out program, which includes social outings, dinners, therapeutic yoga, communal lunches, and other opportunities to develop “soft” employment skills. This holistic approach is one reason Aspiritech was recognized in 2014 as one of 14 innovative employment models for adults with autism. Aspiritech has also been featured in Business News Network, CCTV, Forbes, Fox News, NPR Morning Edition, TwinCities.com, and other media outlets. For more information please contact us at info@aspiritech.org.

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