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J Autism Dev Disord. 2015 Dec;45(12):3990-4001. doi: 10.1007/s10803-015-2426-5.

Employment Interventions for Individuals with ASD: The Relative Efficacy of Supported Employment With or Without Prior Project SEARCH Training.

Author information

1
Rehabilitation Research and Training Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Box 842011, Richmond, VA, 23284-2011, USA. cmschall@vcu.edu.
2
School of Education, VCU Autism Center for Excellence, Virginia Commonwealth University, Box 842011, Richmond, VA, 23284-2020, USA. cmschall@vcu.edu.
3
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, 23298-3038, USA.
4
Rehabilitation Research and Training Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Box 842011, Richmond, VA, 23284-2011, USA.

Abstract

This paper presents findings from a retrospective observational records review study that compares the outcomes associated with implementation of supported employment (SE) with and without prior Project SEARCH with ASD Supports (PS-ASD) on wages earned, time spent in intervention, and job retention. Results suggest that SE resulted in competitive employment for 45 adults with ASD. Twenty-five individuals received prior intervention through PS-ASD while the other 20 individuals received SE only. Individuals in this sample who received PS-ASD required fewer hours of intervention. Additionally, individuals in the PS-ASD group achieved a mean higher wage and had higher retention rates than their peers who received SE only. Further research with a larger sample is needed to confirm these findings.

KEYWORDS:

ASD; Adults; Autism; Competitive employment; Project SEARCH plus ASD Supports; Supported employment

PMID:
25791125
DOI:
10.1007/s10803-015-2426-5
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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