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Our Approach


What is Coding Autism’s teaching philosophy for their programs?


Founded in 2016, Coding Autism developed the concept for an autism specialized coding academy that combined both technical and social skills training to help students achieve and surpass their goals. By leveraging the coding academy model in an online format in combination with instructors and staff that are experienced working with autistic learners, Coding Autism is able to provide a learning experience that is unparalleled to what is out there in the education landscape.


The acronym that we use to describe our teaching philosophy is described as ASPIRE:

 

A = Autism Specificity

Every aspect of Coding Autism is designed to best fit the needs of learners on the autism spectrum. With small class sizes, understanding and experienced instructors, real-time online TA’s, and special emphasis on interpersonal communication and collaboration, we are creating a formula for autistic students to experience success in the real world.

 

S = Social Skill Building

Oftentimes the greatest barrier for autistic employment is not knowledge or skill proficiency, but deficiencies in social skills, such as making eye contact or reading social cues. To best ensure that our students can succeed in the workplace we place a special emphasis on social skill building. This also encourages students to build new friendships among their peers and build a network that will stick with them long after they graduate.

 

P = Portfolio Building

Students come out of Coding Autism with a portfolio of full-stack web applications, which will be what they present to employers to demonstrate their proficiency. We give our students the freedom to build applications around whatever subjects they are most passionate about, allowing them to experience the magic of seeing their passions come to life.

 

I = Integrated Curriculum

Coding Autism’s web development immersive is a full-stack program teaching our students foundational front-end and back-end web development. We also incorporate QA (quality assurance) and SCRUM principles, so that our students can be exposed to the greater ecosystem around software development.

 

R = Real-World Preparation and Coaching

We set our students up with the tools they need to succeed in a world that is not necessarily built for them. The real world can be daunting for an individual with autism so we work with our students to ensure that they are prepared for the real-world in all fronts from personal financial management to arriving to work prepared and on-time.

 

E = Employment

By the end of the program, our students are setup with the tools they need to not only stay financially self-sufficient, but to grow into a long term career where they can flourish. We help our students find the employment opportunities best suited for them through our career counseling services, corporate partnerships, career fairs and more. We also help our students build their resumes and practice for interviews.

 

Why Would an Autistic Learner Prefer to Use Coding Autism Than Other Established Coding Bootcamps?


Just as the Albert Einstein quote goes, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by Its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” The same principle applies to autistic individuals learning in a traditional education environment in comparison to an autism specialized educational environment.


Through extensive research and conversations with autistic learners and parents, we have learned that by providing a team of instructors, TA’s, social skill counselors, and staff who are savvy with working with autistic learners can provide significant progress to the outcomes of autistic students. Combining the principles of coding bootcamps from working on real-time projects with other students and avoiding the bureaucratic and slow processes of the traditional education system, our curriculum can accelerate the learning for autistic individuals and provide them with a sufficient skill set in coding to obtain an apprenticeship, internship, part-time, or full-time employment within the technology industry.


Lastly, Coding Autism has developed partnerships and relationships with technology companies who are specifically looking to hire skilled autistic talent. This provides a unique edge for our students to obtain employment at some of the best technology companies out there that embrace a diverse workforce to enhance innovation and creativity within their companies.

 

Does Coding Autism Provide In-Person or Online Programs?


Coding Autism’s original intention was to create an in-person classroom but after further discovery transitioned into providing an online program that offers both full-time and part-time options. By doing so, students and mentors aren’t bound by location, allowing us to provide the best instructors for our courses and gather more qualified students for the program. Once we receive approval from the BPPE, we will start offering in-person courses in Los Angeles and eventually expand into other physical locations in New York, Seattle, Austin, San Francisco, and other potential locations.

 

What do you look for in students? What does a successful Coding Autism student look like?


As many of the characteristics of autistic learners such as affinity for repetitious tasks, meticulous attention to detail, optimism, analytical and thinking, and structure are all characteristics that align with your typical coder, autistic learners are well equipped to pursue coding.


However, it is no secret that learning to code can be challenging, time-consuming, and frustrating. In order to learn to code, you have to be willing to grind through the tough times and learn to problem solve to break through the ceiling of computer programming.

 

Stating this, we look for autistic students contain the following characteristics

 

Passion and drive. Students who are passionate about learning to code and are willing to put in the hours to learn coding concepts with thrive in our program.

 

Goal Oriented. Students who can see the long term vision of becoming a computer programmer and function well in structured environments with objective goals are in a great position to excel in our program.

 

Eager to learn and obtain a fulfilling career. Our students do not need to have a degree or prior programming experience to apply and participate in Coding Autism. However, students have to understand that becoming a successful coder requires them to be self-motivated and genuinely want to make a difference in their career to make it to the next level.

 

How is Coding Autism’s curriculum created?


Coding Autism’s curriculum is designed and developed by experienced developers and designers at Bottega. Coding Autism works with Bottega to tailor the program to the needs of autistic learners. Coding Autism also contains a curriculum advisory board that consists of coding hiring managers, senior software developers, and ASD consultants across the country. Coding Autism’s curriculum adapts on a regular basis to align with what the modern coding frameworks are in the technology workforce and what coding recruiters and companies are looking for.

 

Can I sample the material?


100%. To obtain a syllabus and link with 50+ hours of free coding resources for you to practice with to see if you enjoy computer programming, email us at info@codingautism.com

 

How deep does your program go? How much of Coding Autism is in-house curriculum vs. outside resources?


We have developed our own project-based, hand-crafted curriculum designed to get you the outcome you want. We employ a combination of text-based curriculum, supplemental videos, and structured assignments where you apply what you’ve learned.


It’s important to teach you how to fish. You’ll lean less heavily on the Coding Autism curriculum as you build your projects and begin tackling open ended problems the way a real developer would — by figuring it out on your own, and through pairing with a more experienced developer.


For example, you might work with a product requirements document with user stories, just like you’d receive from a project manager in the real world. One user story might state that your product can overlay locations on a Google Map. In that case, you’ll need to read the public Google Maps documentation just like you would in the real world. This is an important and necessary step in becoming an effective developer.

 

What is Coding Autism’s acceptance rate?


The acceptance rate for our part-time and full-time online course is 100%. As our mission is to slash the 80% unemployment and underemployment statistic that exists in our society for autistic individuals, we are accepting and providing instruction to all students on the autism spectrum. Our program is online so we don’t have the physical space constraints and can hire the best talent to facilitate our courses. Eventually we may have in-person coding bootcamps, which will have a more rigorous admissions process.


Need help deciding which option is the best for you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuition


How does Coding Autism’s Tuition Reimbursement Guarantee work? Will my tuition be reimbursed if I don’t land a developer job?


Yes, if you do not land a job as a developer within 6 months of program completion, we’ll completely refund your tuition. By providing a tuition reimbursement guarantee, we are able to set up a system to where we can be held accountable to help you get a job while holding our students accountable for doing the work.


Through the completion of our program, you are guaranteed that you will receive a paying job in the technology industry within 6 months of graduating from our program as either a full-time employee, a part-time employee, a contract-to-hire, an independent contractor, an internship, or an apprentice.


In order to qualify for the job guarantee and tuition reimbursement from Coding Autism, students are required to complete the following tasks with no exceptions.

 

• You must complete each phase of the program in full with mentor approval. Each project will be reviewed on a set guideline and students will be required to complete project revisions per Instructor & TA direction before being allowed to begin new projects.


• To qualify for tuition reimbursement, you must complete at least 100% of the required curriculum (students can complete greater than 100% if they complete more projects than are required) by the time your program ends.


• You must have completed all career prep checkpoints by the time your program ends with career counselor approval.


• You must complete each phase of the program in full with mentor approval.

 

Other requirements:

 

• You must have completed all career prep checkpoints, completed your Coding Autism student profile and made your profile public.


• You must reply to requests from the Career Services team within 3 business days.


• You must apply to at least 8 development jobs per week and submit weekly job search logs to the Career Services team.


• 2 of the 10 weekly job applications must be sent through networking (personal connection, professional connection, or cold outreach). This can be done through LinkedIn, attending meetups and job fairs, and other approved networking channels from the Career Services team.


• You must track all correspondence related to your job search and be able to furnish details upon reimbursement request relating to employer, position, date of submission, and application materials.


• You must be a fluent English writer and speaker.


• You must be a U.S citizen, above 18 years old, and eligible to work in the United States.


• You must be willing to accept a job in the technology field if offered. If you decline a role in the software development field, you are no longer eligible for the guarantee.

 

• If you live in a rural area, it is difficult for Coding Autism to guarantee you a job. So you must live in one of these top 22 major North American metro areas encompassing over 100 cities:

          • Metro Atlanta,
          • Greater Austin,
          • Greater Boston,
          • Chicago Metropolitan Area,
          • Denver-Aurora-Lakewood,
          • Las Vegas Valley,
          • Greater Los Angeles Metropolitan Area,
          • Miami Metropolitan Area,
          • New York Metropolitan Area,
          • San Francisco Bay Area,
          • Seattle Metropolitan Area,
          • Baltimore/Washington Metropolitan Area,
          • Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area,
          • Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex,
          • Delaware Valley (Philadelphia),
          • Minneapolis-Saint Paul,
          • San Diego County,
          • Metro Phoenix,
          • Metro Vancouver,
          • Metro Detroit,
          • Raleigh-Cary ‘Triangle’ and
          • Greater Houston.

 

• If you do not live in one of these areas, you have two options:

          • Enroll anyway and waive the tuition reimbursement guarantee.
          • Focus your job search on any two metro areas on this list, and we guarantee you'll get a job creating software in one of these two cities.

                    • You must be willing to relocate to one of these cities at your own expense upon graduation.

 

• Graduate must explicitly request their reimbursement within one calendar month after the job search is complete. Failure to provide timely notice will void the guarantee.

 

Please note, the tuition reimbursement guarantee only covers the base rate of your Coding Autism online program ($10,000 part-time and $13,500 full time) and not any additional financing costs incurred from our financing partners.


Do you offer tuition payment plan options?


Yes. We offer a range of payment plan options for all of our programs. Please visit the payment plan sections of our full-time and part-time program pages to learn more about your options.

 

How does the Web Developer Track monthly subscription work?


If you are planning on doing your Coding Autism program full-time in the self-paced part-time format, we suggest considering our monthly subscription payment plan. This will allow you to pay your tuition at a pay-as-you-go rate of $1,250/month with no down payment. For example, at a 30-40 hour/week rate, you could finish your program in as little as 4-5 months, which would bring your total tuition cost to either $5,000 or $6,250 respectively. Please note this payment plan cannot be combined with scholarships, however depending on how much time you're planning on spending in the program, it may be a smarter financial play for the student to do the monthly subscription plan.

 

How does the pro-rated refund for the Web Developer Track work?


Our part-time web development programs are self-paced programs. If you pay the $10,000 tuition but end up finishing faster than 9 months, you'll receive a refund for the time you did not consume minus a $250 charge. For example, if you finish the program in 4 months instead of 9, you'll pay a total amount of $4,500.


The pro-rated refund is off of the base price of the program. Therefore if you finish the program early but consume more of the program than you paid, you will not receive any further tuition reduction.

 

How do the part-time Web Developer Track monthly extensions work?


Since the part-time Web Developer Track is online and a self-paced program, a lot of our students choose to take this program part-time. The fixed tuition of $10,000 grants our students 9 months of access to the program. Most students studying at a part-time pace will finish in approximately 9 months. However, if you need more time, we've got you covered. At the end of 9 months, if you find yourself needing more time to finish the program you can purchase monthly extensions for $800. All you need to do is email our Student Success team at info@codingautism.com.

 

How does the Web Developer Track Loan Plan work?


If you cannot afford a down payment and are not planning on studying full-time, taking out a loan from our financing partner, Skills Fund, may be a good option for you. You can borrow up to $15,000 for this program through a 3-5 year Interest-Only or Immediate Repayment loan. The Interest-Only loan allows you to pay only the interest on your loan while you're in the program and up to 2 months after you finish, after which your principal and interest payments will begin. The Immediate Repayment loan works as a more traditional loan, where you'll pay monthly principal and interest payments. If you have more questions about this, schedule a call with a Student Advisor to get help or email us at info@codingautism.com.

 

Do you offer any scholarships?


At this point in time we do not have any available scholarships. However, we are working with several partners, companies, organizations, and government to create scholarship opportunities for our students. These opportunities will be posted here once they are finalized.

If you are interested in providing a scholarship opportunity to Coding Autism for its students, reach out to us at scholarships@codingautism.com.

 

Can my employer, Regional Center, or Department of Rehabilitation pay for Coding Autism’s program services?


Absolutely! Check with your employer, Regional Center, or Department of Rehabilitation on their training policies to see if Coding Autism is an excellent fit and if so, speak with one of our Student Advisors for documentation on our program, an invoice, and a certificate of completion for your employer when you complete the program.

 

What payment methods do you accept?


We accept all credit and debit cards, PayPal, and wire transfers. If you plan to pay via PayPal or wire, you must pay in full upfront.

 

Can I downgrade my account if I am unable to continue?


Coding Autism does not support downgrading from any of our programs. If you have worked up to a certain amount in your roadmap and are unable to continue or want to switch to a shorter program, you will need to withdraw and enroll again.

 

What's your refund policy?


For information concerning our withdrawals, please visit our Withdrawal FAQ page.

 

Am I eligible for a tax refund for my education with Coding Autism?


No. This currently only applies to traditional universities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

GETTING STARTED


When can I start the Part-time and Full-Time Online Courses?


Unlike university and traditional education programs that have a limited number of start dates each year, you can start Coding Autism’s part-time program at any time. For the full-time online program, there will be specific enrollment dates throughout the year.

 

Is there any required pre-work?


Yes. There is roughly 50 hours of coursework prior to starting both the part-time and full-time online courses. The coursework will consist of HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Ruby on Rails basics.

 

How do Coding Autism’s Student Advisors help their students?


Coding Autism’s Student Advisors are here to be our students core resources on everything related to Coding Autism. The service of student advisors encompass introductions to other students, mentors, and alumni, breakdowns of what our curriculum consists of and the payment plans associated with them, and answers any questions you may have related to Coding Autism.

 

Will I work with the same mentor throughout the program?


You’ll work with multiple mentors throughout the program for each phase of the program. You’ll also be constantly surrounded with other mentors between live teaching sessions, real-time chat sessions, and our online community.

 

What kind of hardware is required? Do I need to purchase any software or tools?


Generally our students and mentors prefer Macs. However, you can take Coding Autism’s programs using a Windows or Linux machine. Students are required to have their own computers to participate in the program

Regarding purchasing software or tools, everything you need is included with your tuition or available for free.

 

What is the time commitment?


Coding Autism was designed and built as a structured, immersive program that would be available for autistic learners on both a part-time and full-time scale. That means that you have the flexibility to can enroll in Coding Autism without relocating or quitting your job depending on your time commitment to the program.

 

If you can’t make a regular, dedicated commitment, Coding Autism might not be the best fit for you. There is no set pace for the Web Developer Track and Designer track so that you have the most flexibility when it comes to time and payments for your education. Here are the paces the average student takes to complete the program:

• Study ~20 hours/week for 9 months
• Study ~40 hours/week for 4 months
• Study 40+ hours/week for 3 months

 

Can I switch programs after enrolling?


Unfortunately you cannot switch programs after you enroll. As our programs have specific goals and time-commitments, we prefer that our students do their due diligence on our course offerings prior to enrolling in one of our programs. In the case that you decide to switch programs, you will need to drop your current program and enroll in a new one from the beginning

 

What happens after I enroll?


After you enroll into Coding Autism, you will go through our prep work phase and orientation. During your prep work phase, you will complete roughly 50 hours work of work ranging from HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Ruby on Rails basics.


In the orientation phase, you’ll learn about expectations for your program, tell Coding Autism about your goals, and meet other students, mentors, instructors, and staff involved in the program. A week prior to your start date, you'll set your schedule with your mentor and put together a schedule for you to accomplish your coursework.

 

On your start date, we will unlock access to the curriculum. For part-time students, you will be able to jump right into your coursework. For full-time students, you will log on with your instructor and move forward with the program.

 

Can I get in contact with other students?


Absolutely! All students will have access to the Coding Autism student and alumni communities.

As we are a start-up, we want students to understand that our community is growing by the day and that we aspire to have a robust community of students, alumni, employers, and mentors.

 

What if I fall sick or can't keep up?


This is a big commitment, and we expect you to put in the necessary hours.


In the hypothetical case that a serious illness or an unexpected life change occurs during our part-time online program, you have the option to freeze your program in one-week increments for a total of 3 weeks. We’ll save your progress and when you return you’ll pick-up where you left off. We do not offer extended freezing so make sure to save this option for only when it's necessary.


If you fail to complete your program within two years of your program start date, you will be dropped out of the program without eligibility for a refund.


For our full-time course, if you get a serious illness or an unexpected life change occurs, you may be eligible for a pro-rated refund of the program. Reach out to a student advisor if this were to happen. (Possibly change this)

 

May I freeze the part-time course program during the holiday season?


During the holiday season (December 1 - January 10), you may freeze a maximum of one additional week. If you celebrate religious holidays outside of these dates, please discuss these with your student advisor. These holiday freezes will not count towards your freeze maximum.

 

Do I get access to the Coding Autism curriculum after I graduate?


Yes. Coding Autism graduates get lifetime access to their program curriculum, including all updates and improvements, so you can stay sharp with a world-class curriculum as a reference.

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOW THE PROGRAMS WORK


How does a student learn through Coding Autism’s instructional model?


At Coding Autism, we flip the traditional education model on its head.


In our part-time program, students will learn, complete assignments, and tackle challenges on their own and have the option to both consult with their mentor as well as real-time teacher assistants to help them figure out concepts that the students need extra help on. Mentors are available 12-14 hours every day to chat in real-time.


In our full-time program, you will log onto our instruction webinar Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm PST to learn the coursework from our instructors. You will also have access to our virtual TA’s, mentors, student advisors, soft skills counselors, and support teams.


Occasionally, we will host webinars with senior software developers, alumni, instructors, entrepreneurs, and hiring managers for our students and alumni to listen to, learn from, and ask questions to. These webinars would be recorded for students to be able to watch whenever they please at a later date.

 

What does Coding Autism do to help provide support for students who get stuck on certain concepts in the curriculum?


If you get stuck that is completely fine. It happens to everyone.


When you get stuck on an assignment, you can message a mentor or one of our virtual TA’s any time via our chat button. They’ll be available 12-14 hours every day to chat in real-time. If you need extra help on a topic, you can arrange a video call or wait to bring it up during your weekly mentor session to discuss further.

 

How does the weekly mentor sessions help students achieve their goals with the program?


Students will be paired with a technical mentor and a soft skills mentor.


During your weekly video call appointments with your technical mentor, you'll dive deep into tricky concepts that you may be stuck on, discuss your progress, or seek professional advice on your career. With your calls with the soft skills mentor, you will dive into concepts of effective communication skills within the workforce, interpersonal skills, and set up life and personal improvement goals.


In return, your mentors will push you in ways that a typical online curriculum simply can't do. When you complete assignments, your technical mentor will review your code and critique your approach, giving you detailed feedback and advice. During appointments, your mentor will work with you to develop good habits and pair program with you on tricky problems. Your soft skills mentor will work with you to figure out the best communication practices for effective networking, building relationships, and personal improvement.


Your mentors is will act similar to the teaching styles of personal trainers: they know when to push you to your highest potential, when to sit back and let you tackle problems on your own, or when to help you get unstuck on tricky problems.

 

How do I choose my mentor?


Students will select their mentors during the orientation period. Students will select mentors based on the Coding Autism mentor profiles consisting of a brief introduction, their professional background, their characteristics (timezone, languages spoken, hobbies, etc), and their appointment schedule.


We encourage our students to select a mentor that fits with their study schedule and personal goals. If you have a specific or unusual goal with Coding Autism or would like to use a mentor in your personal network, contact a Student Advisor to figure out the details.

 

What if I choose a mentor that ends up not working out for me? Can I change my mentor when the program is live?


No problem. If your mentor is not a good fit, let your student advisor know and we will change your mentor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAREER SUPPORT TEAM & OUTCOMES


Coding Autism Career Services is a holistic collection of curriculum and services reserved for our Web Developer Track students living in the United States. We believe that career support is only effective when it’s integrated throughout the program rather than crammed and rushed at the end of the program. Coding Autism Career Services prepares our students for both the technical recruiting process and the non-technical skills and soft skills training needed to successfully conduct an effective job search.


Career Services includes:

• Technical mastery evaluations with coding instructors and TA’s to ensure candidacy for jobs

• Portfolio review to ensure student skills are displayed to hiring companies in their best light

• Resume and CV development with career counselor

• Job search planning consultation with your mentor to ensure you’re targeting the right roles

• Mock interviews (assessments) to prepare you for your first technical interview with your mentor and VITA DMF (if applicable).

• Negotiation guidance

• Addition to Coding Autism’s Job-Seeking Student Directory that’s shared with recruiters and employers

• Professional networking opportunities with Coding Autism students, mentors, and alumni


Career Services does NOT include:

• Someone to conduct your job search for you

• Employers lined up waiting for you to graduate

• Introductions to employers

• An easy job search without a lot of hard work from you

 

Technical Readiness

Throughout the part-time and full-time Web Developer Track, Coding Autism will test your technical expertise and learnings through a series of quizzes, long form assessments, and projects. Quizzes help you and your support team identify gaps in your technical skills that require additional focus, assessments are a cumulative review of the concepts covered in the quizzes, and projects are both individual and collaborative efforts that you can use for your coding portfolio for jobs. Assessments are similar to technical interviews, and you must pass to move to the next phase of the program. You’ll be given up to three opportunities to take each assessment.


Non-Technical Skill Building

Starting from the beginning of the course and continuing throughout the program, you’ll work with your soft skills mentor and career counselor to learn soft skills basics and how to map out what segment of the industry you’re most passionate about pursuing. You will also develop a better understanding on which technologies you’ll focus on to give you a competitive edge in a crowded candidate pool, and how to build your professional network effectively to create more opportunities. By the time you’re ready to start your job hunt, you’ll have a portfolio showcasing various projects, an updated resume and CV, polished LinkedIn and GitHub profiles, improved soft skills, and mock interviews under your belt.

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