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Publications


Here you'll find our publications on the service needs and outcomes of people on the autism spectrum. We report on a variety of indicators related to transition planning, education, employment and several other topics.

Our holistic approach allows us to look not only at how an individual topic affects the overall quality of life, but how these different aspects of life work together to produce more positive life outcomes.

  • National Autism Indicators Report: High School Students on the Autism Spectrum

    Characteristics of teens on the autism spectrum have been changing over the past decade, driving the need for updated statistics to provide a current picture of the population. This report presents updated statistics on indicators of demographics, disability, education, and health. For many of the indicators, we highlight the experiences of low income and minority youth, examining differences in functioning, health, and experiences by household income and race/ethnicity.

    Topic: Access to Services, Community and Social Participation, Education, Health and Mental Health, Transition to Adulthood
    Publication Type: Indepth Report
  • 2017 National Autism Indicators Report: Developmental Disability Services and Outcomes in Adulthood

    Many adults with autism have a difficult time achieving employment, continued education, and independent living. This report explores the experiences of adults with ASD who used services funded through state Developmental Disability (DD) agencies in 2014-15. We learn more about their characteristics, the quality of their lives, the opportunities they have to participate in their communities, their ability to exercise choice in their lives, and their access to needed services.

    Topic: Access to Services, Community and Social Participation, Education, Employment, Health and Mental Health, Living Arrangements, Independence and Rights
    Publication Type: Indepth Report
    Data Source: National Core Indicators Adult Consumer Survey 2014-2015
  • Community- and facility-based employment of adults with ASD who used state DD services

    Adults with ASD who use State Developmental Disability (DD) Services had low rates of community and facility-based paid employment. From the National Core Indicators Adult Consumer Survey 2014-15, 14% of adults with ASD had a paid job in the community in the two weeks prior to participating in the survey; 15% had a paid job in a facility-based setting; and 27% of adults with ASD had either type of paid employment, significantly lower than the 35% of all other adult DD service users. While paid employment is an ideal outcome, finding and keeping a job is hard  for many people with ASD.

    Topic: Employment
    Publication Type: Poster
    Data Source: National Core Indicators Adult Consumer Survey 2014-2015
  • State Variation in Vocational Rehabilitation Services and Outcomes for Transition-Age Youth with Autism (IMFAR 2017)
    The percentage of transition-age youth with autism who use Vocational Rehabilitation services, and their outcomes, vary widely by state. This poster by LCO researcher, Anne Roux, was presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research this week.
    Topic: Employment
    Publication Type: Poster
  • Qualitative Research Fact Sheet
    Qualitative research gives insight into the needs and concerns of young adults living on the autism spectrum.
    Topic: Transition to Adulthood
    Publication Type: Fact Sheet
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