What Strategies Are Used to Support Employment Outcomes of Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum?
U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy
- A wide range of programs deliver employment services to young adults with developmental disabilities.
- There is limited evidence on the effectiveness of the approaches used to support employment of young adults with developmental disabilities.
- The literature includes little information on funding sources, core components, and programs that primarily serve people from historically underserved and marginalized groups.
Many young adults on the autism spectrum face challenges entering the labor market or engaging in education or training programs that will prepare them for employment. This spotlight summary highlights the range of programs, models, and strategies implemented to support the transition to competitive integrated employment for young adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities, including autism. It also summarizes the existing evidence on the effectiveness of such approaches.