It is estimated that there are more than one million transition age youth on the autism spectrum.
Understanding Autism and Employment
Mathematica – in partnership to the Office of Disability Employment Policy – is conducting research to explore the specific reasons for this disparity. Using their findings, they plan to identify foundations for evidence-based practices that could reverse the trend of un- and underemployment for young people with autism.
Mathematica’s research plan will use literature reviews and listening sessions to help clarify existing issues. They will evaluate current practices and weed out policies are outdated or inappropriate. Finally, they will design ways to evaluate interventions to inform future evidence-building activities.
This research can help VR professionals better understand some of the underlying reasons for lower employment rates, and identify strategies they can use to better serve their consumers.
More about the Autism and Employment Research Findings
Find out more about Mathematica’s efforts to improve employment outcomes for young people on the autism spectrum. You can also read more in these project reports: