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National Autism Indicators

The 2016 National Autism Indicators Report from Drexel University found that while an increasing number of people with autism are applying to Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) for services, only 60% are employed when they exit VR, and the majority of those receiving vocational supports earned wages that placed them below the federal poverty line.
May 03, 2016

Today Drexel University released the first comprehensive report focuses exclusively on the use of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services to support employment for people on the autism spectrum.

Below is a post by Paul T. Shattuck, PhD, Director and Anne M. Roux, Research Scientist, of the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute’s Life Course Outcomes Research Program. The post is the authors’ perspective on today’s report. Dr. Shattuck is a member of the Autism Speaks Family Services Committee. Autism Speaks Vice President of Adult Services Leslie Long served on the Report Advisory Panel. Read the full report 

Most people with autism have some difficulty finding and keeping a job – even among those with higher cognitive skills. In our award-winning 2015 National Autism Indicators Report: Transition Into Young Adulthood, we found that four in 10 transition-age youth with autism were disconnected from both work and continued education between high school and their early 20s.

Faced with these startlingly high numbers of disconnected adults with autism, the research team wondered what role Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) plays in supporting people with autism to find, get, and maintain jobs. Our 2016 National Autism Indicators Report: Vocational Rehabilitation focuses entirely on this topic.

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