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Life Course Outcomes

Explore Our Research

Explore Our Research

Learn about major projects currently underway, and where our research is headed.


How can we improve the lives of people on the autism spectrum? This is the big question we at the Life Course Outcomes team are working to answer. Our award winning research informs policy and services at the community and national levels on ways to improve quality of life.

We cover a wide range of topics, all related to producing better life outcomes for people on the autism spectrum.

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Research Update: What have we learned about Vocational Rehabilitation and Autism?

Jan 11, 2019

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Vocational services are essential for transition-age youth on the autism spectrum who often have difficulty finding and keeping employment. These youths may experience a dramatic decline in supports and services after high school. Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is a key source of public assistance for people with disabilities who are seeking employment, including youth and adults with autism.

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Youth with autism spend summer working with the Student Conservation Association

Sep 21, 2017

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Research shows having a competitive paid job during secondary school is a strong predictor of job success after graduation. The Student Conservation Association, A. J. Drexel Autism Institute, and Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and Community Integrated Services collaborated this summer to enable youth with autism to gain work experience.

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