Vocational Rehabilitation and Autistic Young Adults: Characteristics, Service Use and Outcomes
U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy
- During 2017–2019, 86,616 young adults on the autism spectrum applied for Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services.
- VR counselors identified several barriers to autistic young adults attaining employment; having low household incomes was the most common barrier.
- Among autistic young adults who exited VR during 2017–2019, about half had employment, and most of them had competitive integrated employment.
This infographic highlights findings from a data analysis examining the way young adults on the autism spectrum ages 16 to 28 engaged with state VR agencies’ services, their characteristics, and their employment outcomes.