ISU research explores connection between autism, IT careers

It’s no secret that more and more children are being diagnosed with autism. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says about 1 in 68 children has autism spectrum disorder. That jumps to 1 in 42 for boys—almost five times more common than in girls.

What happens when all those kids grow up, go to college, and try to start their careers? That question is at the core of research being done by Ronnie and Heather Jia, two Illinois State University professors with their own special connection to autism.

Ronnie Jia’s research explores the potential connection between autism and the IT field. Jia, an associate professor in ISU’s School of Information Technology, has always been interested in why someone chooses an IT career versus something in the humanities or social sciences.

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12th October 2017