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Virtual Job Interviews Prepare People with Autism for Work

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April 14, 2016- "Virtual Job Interviews Prepare People with Autism for Work"- A new program called Virtual Interactive Training Agent, or viTA DMF, is helping young adults with autism and other disabilities practice for interviews virtually. The program conjures computer-generated characters designed to present varied race, genders, and personality types. The virtual interviewers can ask softball or hardball questions so that potential employees aren’t as nervous and better prepared for interviews. Mary Partin, DMF’s chief executive officer, says this is one of the few innovative tools for young people to practice interview skills and that the majority of students who used ViTA DMF have successfully interviewed and been hired for jobs. In all, interviewees undergo four sessions with their virtual employers, with the most substantial gains in interview improvement occurring after the second and third sessions.