September 21, 2011
In this photo taken Sept. 8, 2011, Aspiritech co-founder Moshe Weitzberg, standing left, works with employees, from left, Katie Levin, Rick Alexander and Jamie Specht, at the nonprofit enterprise that specializes in finding software bugs as they test a new program in Highland Park, Ill. Aspiritech hires only people with autism disorders. Marc Lazar, Aspertech's autism specialist works in the background.
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The software testers at Aspiritech are a collection of characters. Katie Levin talks nonstop. Brian Tozzo hates driving. Jamie Specht is bothered by bright lights, vacuum cleaners and the feel of carpeting against her skin. This is the unusual workforce of a U.S. startup that specializes in finding software bugs by harnessing the talents of young adults with autism.