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Vocational Rehabilitation Service Models
for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Effective Programs Print E-mail

What is an Effective Program?

To be considered, an agency must have an exceptional history of placing people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) into successful Status 26 closures or competitive integrated employment placements.

Why is it important to identify Effective Programs?

As the number of persons identified with ASD steadily increases, it is important to look at resources that are available to assist in reaching personal goals. Employment is an outcome desired by many persons with ASD. However, too few have been successful in achieving this outcome. Effective programs have been identified to demonstrate on the ground examples of effective activities and strategies that are achieving exceptional results in the employment of persons with ASD.

Please visit our Effective Practices Model Identification in Vocational Rehabilitation for more information on the identification of Effective Programs.

Which agencies were identified as Effective Programs?

ACN Connections
Omaha, Nebraska

Mission Statement: The Autism Center of Nebraska, Inc. (ACN) works to support and enhance the quality of life for persons with autism and other developmental disabilities and their families. The goal for ACN Connections, in keeping with the overall goal of ACN, is to enhance the lives of persons with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) by supporting them in securing and maintaining real jobs in their communities.

Project SEARCH
Cincinnati, Ohio

Mission Statement: Project SEARCH is a one year, school-to-work program for young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The innovative workforce and career development model benefits the individual, the workplace, and the community. Meaningful, competitive employment is the goal for all Project SEARCH program participants.

Triumph Services, Inc.
Birmingham, Alabama

Mission Statement: Triumph exists to provide community-based support to individuals with developmental disabilities who are trying to live independently.

Richmond, Virginia

Mission Statement: VCU is a public research university with an enrollment of over 32,000 students, the largest university in Virginia. Ranked as a Carnegie 1 research institution, VCU is among the top 60 colleges and universities for funded research in the country. The VCU-RRTC is housed with the VCU School of Education and linked with the Schools of Medicine and Allied Health, the School of Business and the VCU Center for Rehabilitation Science and Engineering (CERSE), which is a large interdisciplinary research group. This organization has an abundance of research, business, educational, and rehabilitation resources. The VCU-RRTC has been in existence since 1983 under the direction of Dr. Paul Wehman.

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Mission Statement: To provide a stable and predictable work environment whereby the person with autism can, as independently as possible, be a contributing member of the work force.

Job Path
New York, New York

Mission Statement: Job Path supports people with developmental disabilities in their efforts to make choices about their lives. The organization encourages people to explore what they want out of life and to chart their own journeys. Job Path then provides the opportunities and support for individuals to succeed at whatever they want -- whether it's paid or volunteer work, living in their own homes, or participating in community life. Job Path is a reflective organization where staff carefully listen to people and thoughtfully consider the implications of their decisions.

Newark, Delaware

Mission Statement: POW&R's goal is to create networks that connect individuals to resources that support their choices of how they live, work, and play in the community.

Groden Network of Programs: The Cove Center
Providence, Rhode Island

Mission Statement: The Cove Center's day service program, a component of the Groden Network, responds to the needs of individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities by providing individualized programs toward the development of job skills, related social behaviors, communication, and adaptive living skills. Through our work with the individual, the family, and the community, we are able to assist people with ASD to become productive and responsible members of their communities and to effectively manage the challenges of daily living.

Wildwood Programs
Latham, New York.

Mission Statement: Working collaboratively with individuals, families and the community, Wildwood Programs empowers and enables children and adults with neurologically based learning disabilities, autism and other developmental disorders to live independent, productive and fulfilling lives.

Autism Society of North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina

Mission Statement: The Autism Society of North Carolina (ASNC) provides support and promotes opportunities that enhance the lives of individuals within the autism spectrum and their families.

More Effective Programs will be listed as nominations are evaluated. Please check back often.