Virtual reality job interview program launches for people with autism

Posted at 8:18 PM, Nov 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-27 21:18:35-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A virtual reality job interview platform for people with autism is being tested in Nashville.

CIRVR uses avatars, cameras, microphones and sensors to prepare neuro-diverse job candidates.

Researchers at Vanderbilt's Frist Center For Autism came up with the program.

Studies show 80 percent of people with autism are under-employed or unemployed, often stemming from how they interviewed.

"Suppose the interviewer gets a knock on the door and somebody tries to see, the flow of conversation stops. Then, many on the spectrum feel very stressed, said professor Nilanjan Sarkar.

Nine individuals with autism have tried out the software. Researchers plan a second trial to start at the beginning of next year