Asquith busi­ness­man helps sup­port autis­tic work­ers

Monthly Chronicle - - Innovation -

Asquith lo­cal Michael Tozer has been awarded $ 85,000 from the Op­tus Fu­ture Maker pro­gramme to help autis­tic Aussie’s into work through the use of his app, Xcep­tional. Michael won the largest amount of money handed out in the pro­gramme this year.

Af­ter hear­ing about the is­sues his autis­tic sis­ter has had in the work­place, and think­ing ahead of ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties for his autis­tic son, Michael wanted to use his 15 years of tech ex­pe­ri­ence to make a prod­uct that could help oth­ers with autism.

Xcep­tional is a tech­nol­ogy ser­vices firm which recog­nises the unique strengths of peo­ple with autism such as pat­tern recog­ni­tion, sus­tained con­cen­tra­tion and pre­ci­sion that are closely aligned with h IT roles.

The tech­nol­ogy ba­si­cally turns the reg­u­lar hir­ing process on its head by match­ing peo­ple based on their strengths. Rather than an in­ter­view, the tech­nol­ogy will pro­duce a num­ber of games (such as a pat­tern recog­ni­tion game) in which the in­ter­vie­wee will play. How w the in­ter­vie­wee fairs in the games will de­ter­mine the kind of role they are best suited for in the work­place. It's pretty cool as it also gets rid of the stan­dard in­ter­view process many y peo­ple with autism strug­gle with.

Xcep­tional has also just been nom­i­nated for the Google Im­pact Chal­lenge Aus­tralia for their work de­vel­op­ing an in­no­va­tive ap­proach to ac­tiv­ity-based job in­ter­view as­sess­ments by cre­at­ing a world-first app.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to https://xcep­tional.io/ Mike Tozer is the Guin­ness World Record Holder for run­ning a half marathon in a three piece suit. On Wed­nes­day 24th Oc­to­ber he sprinted ap­prox­i­mately 45km be­tween seven of Syd­ney’s biggest busi­nesses to thank them for their sup­port em­ploy­ing peo­ple with autism, and drum up 40,000 more votes in a bid to se­cure $1 mil­lion in fund­ing from the Google Im­pact Chal­lenge. If you want to sup­port Mike too, go to https://im­pactchal­lenge. with­google.com/aus­tralia2018/ char­i­ties/xcep­tional-aus

Michael and Tim work on a puz­zle. Tim ap­peared on ABC's Em­ploy­able Me.

Mike Tozer

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