UK Funds Project to Teach Autistic Children Cybersecurity Skills
A program set up to teach cybersecurity skills to autistic and neurodiverse young people in the United Kingdom has received a sizable injection of cash.
The UK chancellor of the exchequer, Rishi Sunak, has awarded £100,000 (approximately $135K) to the Cybersecurity Neurodiversity Skills Development Program, described by Native Newspost as “ground-breaking.”
The program, which is based in the central Scottish city of Perth, was created to give youngsters practical skills that will increase their self-confidence and employability.
The award will be made to the University of the Highlands and Islands and to the charity Perth Autism Support as part of the UK Government’s Community Renewal fund.
Perth Autism Support (PAS) was founded in November 2011 to support gaps identified in the support of autistic children and young people up to the age of 18 and their families in Perth and Kinross.
The organization has more than 870 families registered for services across Perth and Kinross and supports on average 240 young people every week.
Murdo Fraser, a politician who represents constituents in Mid-Scotland and Fife, hailed the cybersecurity project and the funding newly earmarked to support it.
Fraser said the award was “yet further evidence Rishi Sunak