September 21, 2011
Employees Oran Weitzberg, left, and Rick Alexander, celebrate a breakthrough, at Aspiritech, a nonprofit enterprise that specializes in finding software bugs, as they test a new program on Sept. 8 in Highland Park, Ill.
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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.