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 an 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

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?


Does Coding Autism have a tuition reimbursement guarantee? Will my tuition be reimbursed if I don’t land a developer job?

For our part-time and full-time programs, we will not have a tuition reimbursement guarantee. We considered implementing one but due to the trial and error process of launching and facilitating a pilot program we decided that it would make better sense for us to provide scholarship funding to every student enrolling into our pilot programs instead of providing a tuition reimbursement guarantee. Additionally, Bottega does not currently provide tuition reimbursements for their students, although they have plans to do so in the very near future. Eventually, we will have a tuition reimbursement guarantee in place under certain guidelines once we have a few cohorts up and running and are comfortable rolling this feature out.

Does the web developer track have a monthly subscription plan?

Currently we do not have a monthly subscription plan. However, this is something that we may roll out or implement in the future. For the meantime, students are expected to pay their tuition in full or finance through Bottega's partner 

Does Coding Autism prorate refunds for the part-time web development program if a student finishes the course early?

No. Although it is impressive if you can finish the course in record time, the price reflects the overall course and the content within it. If you finish the course early, you will have access to the course to go back and refresh your memory on topics that you may have rushed through previously. The goal of this course to generate a firm understanding of the fundamentals of how coding works and to be able to implement them into day-to-day operations. 

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

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 Bottega's 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

Do you offer any scholarships?

Yes. For example, Bottega has granted Coding Autism scholarships for every student enrolling into our pilot programs that launched May 29th. Our tag price for the part-time web development immersive is $10,000 and our tag price for the full-time web development immersive is $13,500. With our pilot program scholarship provided by Bottega, they are providing a $5000 scholarship for the part-time web development program and a $5500 scholarship for the full-time web development program. 

We are also working to develop more scholarship opportunities through companies, organizations, government, and individuals that will help subsidize tuition costs for our students. If you are interested in providing scholarship opportunities for our students/programs, reach out to us at 

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. If you would like for your employer, regional center counselor, etc. to have a conversation with one of our advisors, have them reach out to us at 

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 switch from a part-time web development program into a full-time web development program? Vice versa?

Yes. If you are in a part-time program, you would be able to switch into a full-time program if 1.) you are in the same percentage of the course completed as the full-time program is, and 2.) you pay the remainder of the difference in funds between the part-time and full-time program. If you financed your tuition with and are deciding to exercise this option, reach out to  

If you are in a full-time program, you would be able to switch into a part-time program if you feel like the coursework is getting too intensive. We understand that the full-time programs format of 12 intensive weeks may be overwhelming and that some students may fall behind.  Stating this, students will be able to at any time transfer back into the part-time course. Students will then be prorated back funds as the part-time web development program is not as expensive as the full-time program. If you financed your tuition with and are deciding to exercise this option, reach out to  

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.



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. The first full-time program will start May 29th 2018.

Is there any required pre-work that needs to be completed prior to enrolling into a program?

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. The 50 hour prep course is completely free and always will be.

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 Macs are more compatible for the programs. 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 and instructions to download these software or tools will take place during the on-boarding process. 

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

For our full-time program, you will need to devote 100% of your focus on the program for 12 weeks. Courses will take place from 8am-4pm PST Monday-Friday in a live webinar format with homework assignments and projects outside of the classroom. 

Can I switch programs after enrolling?

Yes as long as it is within the same subject of course. For example, you can switch from a part-time web development immersive to a full-time web development immersive and visa versa but you can't switch from a python/react course to a ruby on rails course. If you would like clarification on this feel free to reach out to a Coding Autism Student Advisor at 

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. On day 1 of the program, students will log into a Slack channel consisting of Coding Autism students, Bottega students, instructors, mentors, soft skills counselors, and teacher assistants. The Slack channel will be used for communication on the course topics and lessons as well as for personal student conversations. We also encourage students to collaborate with each other on projects and assignments when applicable. 

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. Eventually, we will have our own private Coding Autism alumni network platform which will consist of a live news feed, job postings, individual student profiles, and much more. Think of a LinkedIn specifically for Coding Autism.

What if I fall sick or can't keep up with the part-time and full-time programs?

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. Additionally, you can exercise the option of transferring into the part-time program unless the serious illness or unexpected life change is so severe that it prevents you from taking the part-time course as well.

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

Through Coding Autism's partnership with Bottega, 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 8am-4pm 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 each be paired with a soft skills mentor and a career mentor. With your calls with the soft skills and career mentor, you will dive into concepts of effective communication skills within the workforce, interpersonal skills, and set up life and personal improvement goals.

Additionally, students will be able to schedule Zoom appointments with instructors and TA's, where you'll dive deep into tricky concepts that you may be stuck on, discuss your progress, and be provided recommendations on what you can do to become a better coder. 

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

Your mentors 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.


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.


Why does your company exist? 

Our company exists because we believe that every autistic adult deserves the right to meaningful work, relationships, and life. Roughly 80% of all autistic adults are either unemployed or underemployed despite their academic achievements, intellectual capabilities, and skill sets, which is completely unacceptable. With Coding Autism, our goal is to slash that statistic and improve the way that education is provided for autistic learners so that they can thrive in their careers.

How do you describe your company to people, or what you do to people? What is your elevator pitch? 

We describe ourselves as a for-profit social enterprise based in the EdTech space that helps navigate autistic adults to meaningful employment and studies in tech through our autism specialized coding workshops, bootcamps, and career counseling services. Our offering is an online based model where we provide part-time/self paced and full-time coding curriculums for autistic learners to learn web development, cybersecurity, quality assurance, and other technology skill sets in which they can use for applying to tech jobs and enrolling into universities. Unlike other coding academies and online learning experiences, our offering is tailored specifically to the autism population.

Do you have a social or environmental commitment embedded in your mission, bylaws, and company DNA? Who benefits from your product or service? What are you doing that nobody else is?

Yes we do. We emphasize social impact for the autism community in all of our materials (mission, vision, company DNA, etc.). The autism community and the companies looking to hire skilled autistic talent benefit from our service. We are providing autism specialized online education and services for autistic learners to learn programming skills, which a very few amount of companies are focused on.

Is Coding Autism a non-profit?

We are a for-profit LLC. As a for-profit business, we will be able launch and scale more quickly by not having to rely on constant fundraising. This will allow us to make more reliable financial projections, and be able to compensate the best talent we can find.

However, we will eventually build a non-profit arm of our business called Coding Autism Foundation, which will have the goal of widening the STEM funnel with autistic talent as well as provide resources and funding towards coding instruction for low-income households.

Will students get a degree? Are you accredited?

Upon completion of the course, students will receive a certificate of completion. As with other coding boot camps, we are not accredited. What students show their employers is the quality of their portfolio, the work that they produce while at Coding Autism. We are not an academic institution, but a company focused around training students with real-world vocational skills.

How do students apply? Are the students vetted?

Students will apply by filling out an application on our website. We will review the applications and reach out to students that we think would be a good fit. From there we will conduct phone or Zoom interviews. With our web development immersive, we will be vetting students based on our assessment that they can keep up with the rigorous coursework and be employable with the proper training. 

Autism is a spectrum, and some students will have an easier time acclimating to neurotypical workspaces than others. This does not mean that we have forgotten nonverbal or other students with greater barriers. Although our full-time program is better focused for high functioning autistic adults, our part-time program is an excellent fit for autistics all throughout the spectrum from type-to-speak non-verbal autistics to the higher functioning Asperger's Syndrome individuals.

Do you have classes for children?

We piloted courses for children in Q4 of 2017 but have reverted from offering courses for children for the short term. We decided that we wanted to focus on the rollout of our online web development programs for autistic adults first and then eventually get involved with coding training for children and teenagers. 

When will Coding Autism be launching their in-person coding programs?

We are currently in the process of putting together our application and applying for approval to operate as a vocational training program in the state of California through the BPPE. Once we receive approval through the BPPE, we will launch a pilot in-person program in Los Angeles, CA and roll out the in-person programs to other cities and states later on.

In the meantime, we will be offering online workshops and an online coding academy focused on Web Development partnered with Bottega starting on May 29th 2018.

How do people sign up for the wait-list for Coding Autism's first or future programs?

If you or someone you know would be interested in taking the class, it isn’t too early to reach out! Applications are open on our website for students to apply. Also, take our 50+ hour free prep course so you can test and see what you think about the program!

Where is Coding Autism located?

We are located in the Los Angeles Area but operate remotely. 

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