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Connecting Businesses to a Neurodiverse Workforce

Jul 27, 2020


Twenty-five students enrolled in the School District of Philadelphia’s School-to-Work Transition Programs gathered virtually on July 2nd to hear from the first of many excited and experienced business leaders as part of this summer’s Extended School Year program.

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

Jan 11, 2019


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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Understanding state-level differences in employing adults with autism

Feb 14, 2017

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There are drastic differences in employment of people with autism across states. A newly funded study hopes to shed light on the factors underlying these differences and ways to move forward.

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Two things the president elect should know about the needs of adults with autism

Jan 19, 2017

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With inauguration around the corner, it’s time to take stock of where we are as a nation in terms of autism research, and where we need to go.

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The role Supplemental Security Income plays for those on the autism spectrum

Jan 10, 2017

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A new study will advance our understanding of how adults on the autism spectrum interact with the Supplemental Security Income program.

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Reporting on Vocational Rehabilitation

May 03, 2016

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How do people with autism interact with the Vocational Rehabilitation system to find employment? Read the latest from the LCO director about our new in-depth report.

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What we need to know about young adulthood and autism - Lessons from Framingham

Dec 15, 2015


The Framingham Study revolutionized heart disease prevention by identifying common risk factors. It's time for a similar longitudinal study on autism.

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The Four Letters That Are Changing Employment Opportunities for Youth with Autism

Dec 09, 2015

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The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act could potentially maximize employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities, including transition-age youth with autism.

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The Science Side - How Do We Improve Life for Adults with Autism Here and Now?

Aug 31, 2015

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What research will make the biggest difference in the lives of people with autism and their families? We turned to autistic adult John Elder Robison for insights.

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The Future of Employment Supports Research

Aug 31, 2015

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Life course and public health perspectives offer new ways of thinking about employment issues and related research.

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The Importance of Indicators

Aug 31, 2015

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What is an indicator, and why are national autism indicators so critical?

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Studying Autism Using a Life Course Perspective

Aug 31, 2015


What does it mean to use a life course perspective, and how does this apply to autism?

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