What Vocational Rehabilitation Services Do Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum Engage with, and What Are Their Outcomes?
U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy
- The characteristics and referral sources of autistic young adult VR applicants during 2017–2019 underscore their need for supportive and collaborative service delivery.
- Referral sources, service use, and employment outcomes of autistic young adults engaged with VR varied widely across states, and differed slightly by individuals' characteristics.
Young adults on the autism spectrum can face unique challenges when transitioning from school to employment. As the largest publicly funded program dedicated to supporting people with disabilities to prepare for and engage in competitive integrated employment, the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) system has the potential to play an important role in facilitating successful transitions for autistic young adults. This brief 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.