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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.

  • Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Fact Sheet
    The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), signed in 2014 and effective as of July 2015, aims to increase employment opportunities for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This fact sheet explores how WIOA aims to do this.
    Topic: Employment, Vocational Rehabilitation
    Publication Type: Fact Sheet
  • National Core Indicators: Adult Consumer Survey
    The National Core Indicators (NCI) is a collaborative initiative that champions a nationwide, standardized set of indicators that describe and explore the characteristics, services received, and outcomes of individuals who have developmental disabilities. This fact sheet provides the basics about the Adult Consumer Survey, which surveys adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities who receive services and case management from their state.
    Topic: Employment, Community and Social Participation, Access to Services, Health and Mental Health, Safety and Risk, Living Arrangements
    Publication Type: Fact Sheet
  • Characteristics of Vocational Rehabilitation Users with Autism
    Almost 18,000 individuals with autism had a case with vocational rehabilitation services that closed in federal fiscal year 2014, accounting for about 3% of all VR cases for that year. Approximately two-thirds of this autism group received VR services before their cases closed. This fact sheet looks in detail at the demographic and impairment characteristics of VR services users with and without autism.
    Topic: Vocational Rehabilitation, Employment
    Publication Type: Fact Sheet
    Data Source: Vocational Rehabilitation (RSA-911)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Background
    Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is the largest public funder of employment services in the United States for people with disabilities, including autism. VR services can provide a bridge into the world of work as students prepare to exit school and enter adulthood, and also provides services for working age adults. This fact sheet gives a good overview of the basics of VR.
    Topic: Vocational Rehabilitation, Employment
    Publication Type: Fact Sheet
    Data Source: Vocational Rehabilitation (RSA-911)
  • National Autism Indicators Report: Vocational Rehabilitation

    Employment is about more than simply earning a paycheck - it influences quality of life, independence, and wellness. Historically, employment outcomes for adults with autism are poor. The U.S. Vocational Rehabilitation system (VR) is designed to provide support to states for implementation of services to assist people with disabilities to prepare for, find, and keep employment. VR data allow us to examine some outcomes for those with autism compared to their peers.

    Topic: Vocational Rehabilitation, Employment, Transition to Adulthood, Access to Services
    Publication Type: Indepth Report
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