Coding Autism inspires the next generation of neurodiverse STEM leaders by helping identify, develop, and support STEM learning at a young age and keep students engaged through highschool and into vocational programs or universities. For neurodiverse adults, we are providing integrated technical and social skills training that reduce the overall un/underemployment rate by finding them meaningful STEM employment and assisting organizations who are looking for untapped talent to fill their computer science related roles.
Coding Autism aims to change the narrative around people with disabilities through community, partnerships, and education, and to challenge the stigma by helping people with disabilities achieve skills that lead to independence, meaningful work, meaningful relationships and be of value to their community.
When Oliver was two years old, he was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome shortly after his older brother was diagnosed with Autism. Throughout Oliver's adolescent years, he struggled with his speech, making friends, and lacked self confidence in his intelligence and ability to succeed. Through the motivational forces of autism influencers such as Temple Grandin, Oliver transformed his mentality of what it truly meant to be a person on the autism spectrum. With this newly adopted mentality, Oliver drove himself to success in his college years at California Lutheran University (CLU), where he obtained his Real Estate Salesperson License, co-founded CLU's professional business fraternity Delta Sigma Pi, and won CLU's 2016 New Venture Competition. Since Oliver's graduation, Oliver has devoted himself to his real estate representation at Compass in Beverly Hills as well as building up Coding Autism.
Austen Weinhart comes from a background of extensive experience in the technology space, performing roles in marketing, quality assurance, and web development. Early on as a student at UC Berkeley, Austen acted as president of the public relations student group, PR @ Cal. After graduating from Berkeley, he worked on both technical and marketing projects for high-profile clients such as Adobe, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and others. Austen was drawn into Coding Autism both for his passion for autism advocacy and also as someone who is a product of a coding bootcamp education. Austen is eager to create an environment where others can turn their lives around by learning to code, just as he did.
Academic and Innovation Advisor
Andrea Vu Chasko has been working in the field of Education, Diversity, & Inclusion for over 16 years with over 10 years in Tech, including the last 6 years at Google. Andrea’s passion is developing and designing leadership, EQ based programs and diversity programs that stick with long lasting impact. Andrea believes that learning needs to be hands on and continuous. She has scaled programs for companies globally encompassing over 20 offices. Andrea specializes in building strong internal coaching and mentoring programs that last long after completion. Ashe firmly believes that it is through a strong and diverse community that organizations continue to thrive, grow, remain creative and become innovative. Andrea is also a consultant, facilitator, advocate, coach, and mentor. She identifies herself as neurodiverse and is extremely active in the disability community. While still in college at University of California, Berkeley Andrea created a full inclusion, social skills camp that became well known throughout the Bay Area and provided services for over 6o families. Currently, Andrea continues to mentor youth and young adults with and without disabilities to enable them to pursue their dreams and careers in technology, science and math. Andrea is also an avid diver, foodie, traveler (28 countries to date) and appreciates a good glass of wine. "Tell me and I may forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn." - Benjamin Franklin