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Characteristics of Vocational Rehabilitation Users with Autism

A breakdown of demographics of VR users with and without autism

Paul Shattuck

Anne Roux, Jessica Rast, Kristy Anderson, Paul Shattuck


Vocational Rehabilitation, Employment

Fact Sheet

Data Source
Vocational Rehabilitation (RSA-911)

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Key Findings

Most vocational rehabilitation service users were male, white, and younger than VR users without autism.
Cognitive and psychosocial impairments were the most common sources of job impediments.


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.

Suggested Citation

Roux, Anne M., Rast, Jessica E., Anderson, K.A., Shattuck, Paul T. National Autism Indicators Report: Vocational Rehabilitation. Philadelphia, PA: Life Course Outcomes Research Program, A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, Drexel University, 2016.