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National Autism Indicators Report: Vocational Rehabilitation

An in-depth report on how people with autism interact with the Vocational Rehabilitation system to find employment

Paul Shattuck

Anne Roux, Jessica Rast, Kristy Anderson, Paul Shattuck


Vocational Rehabilitation, Employment, Transition to Adulthood, Access to Services

Indepth Report

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Key Findings

The 2016 Vocational Rehabilitation report details:

- Characteristics of the group of people with autism who used Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services
- How people with autism used VR services
- Indicators of employment outcomes for people with autism who used VR services
- Comparisons of services and outcomes of people with autism to people with other types of disabilities
- Differences in services and outcomes for people with autism across states


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.

Suggested Citation

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