This summer SEDL hosted a three-part webcast series titled, Effective Vocational Rehabilitation Programs for People with ASD. This webcast series featured effective programs that were identified by the National Advisory Panel in 2010. The featured VR programs in this series were Job Path, POW&R, and TEACCH.
This series of webcasts is now archived on SEDL's website and are publicly accessible. Webcast archive viewers may receive the 1.5 hours of CRC-CEUs until December 31, 2011. Contact Ann Williams (800-761-7874) for more information.
National Advisory Panel Meeting
On July 28, 2011, the National Advisory Panel of the VR Autism project convened at SEDL headquarters in Austin, TX. The panel members include:
From left to right - Frank McCamant, Anna Hundley, Susan Foley, John Westbrook, Don Uchida, Ann Williams, Bruce Blake, Bill Palmer
SEDL staff participating in the meeting included John Westbrook, project director, and Ann Williams, program specialist. In addition, Bruce Blake with the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) at the University of Central Florida attended the meeting in place of Chad Nye.
- Susan Foley, research director, Institute for Community Inclusion and Rehabilitation Research and Training Center of Vocational Rehabilitation, University of Massachusetts at Boston.
- Anna Hundley, executive director, Autism Treatment Centers;
- Frank McCamant, chair, Texas Council on Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders;
- Bill Palmer, director, Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and
- Don Uchida, executive director, Utah State Office of Rehabilitation.
Eleven innovative autism employment programs were reviewed by the panel for designation as an Effective Program. Prior to the meeting, SEDL staff, an outside consultant, and panel members rated the programs. During the meeting the panel determined their consensus regarding effective program status for each nominated program. The programs the panel determined to be effective in getting people with ASD to work in competitive settings will be announced in the near future and be highlighted in new webcasts and on VR Autism's website.
VR Autism staff submitted the systematic review, Effectiveness of adult employment assistance services for persons with autism spectrum disorders, to editors at the Campbell Collaboration (C2). The final draft of the review is currently being reviewed externally and C2 will make recommendations regarding the final status of the review soon. C2 is an international research network that produces systematic reviews of the effects of social interventions with a mission of helping people make well-informed decisions by preparing, maintaining and disseminating systematic reviews. C2 is the first mainstream evidence development organization to establish a component focusing on disability research evidence.
A second C2 systematic review addressing school to work interventions for students with autism is underway as well. This review focuses on school to work techniques that are effective in shaping behavior appropriate for competitive employment placements.