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SEDL and its subcontracting partner, the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at the University of Central Florida (UCF CARD), will conduct a multifaceted set of research projects, all focused on identifying factors that are associated with ASD consumers' employment outcomes, including research on vocational rehabilitation (VR) interventions and behavioral management techniques nationwide, and tailored approaches that are recommended and used by a specific ASD provider network to facilitate VR success.
R.1: Systematic Review on Adult Employment Assistance Services
This research study consists of a systematic review of empirical literature describing the effectiveness of adult employment assistance services for persons with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The Campbell Collaboration (C2) data collection and analysis guidelines was used for this study. Outcomes from this study have increased awareness of current effective practice in promoting successful employment of people with ASD. Read more about R.1.
R.2: Systematic Review on School-to-Work Transition
This research activity consists of a systematic review of empirical literature describing effectiveness school-to-work interventions for people with ASD. The Campbell Collaboration (C2) data collection and analysis guidelines will be used for this study. Outcomes from this study will increase evidence-based knowledge that can be used in selecting strategies for improving transition and employment outcomes for individuals. Read more about R.2.
R.3: Effective Program Model Identification in Vocational Rehabilitation
This quality improvement study will focus on perceived best practices implemented by VR service providers and the extent to which they are linked to successful employment outcomes for people with ASD. Outcomes from this study will include empirical assessment of practices perceived as effective by VR professionals, and identification and dissemination of those that are linked to successful outcomes. The Vocational Rehabilitation and Autism Spectrum Disorders project will develop a replicable effective programs manual of programs and models that can be adopted and adapted for use in other settings.Read more about R.3.
R.4: An Evaluation of CARD Direct Service Practices and Employment Outcomes
This research will focus on employment interventions used by the Florida CARD network and their associated outcomes with people with ASD, including subpopulations with differing conditions and severity of disability. R.4 is designed to increase knowledge about the interventions used in providing direct service to consumers with ASD by a statewide network of service providers that are related to short and long-term success in competitive, integrated job placements. Outcomes from this study will include empirical assessment of CARD network practices, and identification and dissemination of those that are linked to successful outcomes. Read more about R.4.
R.5: CARD Case Studies of Successful Individuals with ASD
Research Activity 5 involves in-depth case studies of individuals with ASD who have experienced employment successes. This study will collect and analyze interview data from consumers and family members to enrich understanding regarding effective practices. In addition, the case studies will include consumers who have experienced obstacles to success. Read more about R.5.