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Each year, the TASH Conference brings together a diverse community of stakeholders who gain information, learn about resources, and connect with others across the country to strengthen the disability field. This year’s conference theme, “Be Creative - Innovative Solutions for an Inclusive Life,” reminds us to think outside the box during times of uncertainty. Creativity, innovation, and determination can pave the way for meaningful and inclusive lives for people with disabilities.

Thursday, November 29 • 1:05pm - 1:55pm
Employees with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Job Retention: A Retrospective Review Seating Available

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People with disabilities, families, policymakers, researchers, and state vocational rehabilitation programs share an interest in the long term outcomes of individuals participating in the public state vocational rehabilitation program. Yet, there is limited research in the area of job retention or the service delivery practices used to support individuals with disabilities to achieve long term success in competitive integrated employment (CIE). This paper begins to address this research gap by conducting a retrospective review of 139 records of individual with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) that were referred to an employment support organization for CIE between October 1, 2009 and December 31, 2017. In comparison to the high national unemployment rate experienced by individuals with ASD, 104 individuals that were referred for CIE secured employment in 126 different jobs. Findings indicate that most study participants were able to move from moderate and intensive levels of support to minimal level of support by 18 months of employment. It appears that employees with autism benefit from the continual assessment and subsequent support that occurs during the extended service component of ongoing support services for supported and customized employment. Services that were offered during this phase included: ongoing customization of the initial job, lateral job moves and career advancement.

Presenters
avatar for Valerie A.  Brooke

Valerie A. Brooke

Principal Investigator -- RRTC on Employment for Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Virginia Commonwealth University
Valerie Brooke, M.Ed has been a faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and working in the field of employment for individuals with disabilities for over thirty five years. Ms. Brooke is the Principal Investigator -- Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC... Read More →


Thursday November 29, 2018 1:05pm - 1:55pm
Douglas/Fir - Third Floor 1401 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97201

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