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Vocational Rehabilitation Service Models
for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
E-Newsletter - July 2010, Issue 3 PDF Print E-mail
Vocational Rehabilitation Service Models for Individuals
with Autism Spectrum Disorders

E-Newsletter | Summer 2010
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Dear Colleague,

We are delighted to bring you a new edition of the Vocational Rehabilitation Service Models for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (VR Autism) e-newsletter! This edition provides an update on some of the activities that have been ongoing in the project. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us.

Pictured are left to right (back row): John Westbrook, Bill Parmer, Frank McCamant, and Peter de Forest. (Front row): Chad Nye, Kathleen Murphy, Susan Foley, Anna Hundley, and Stacey Cummings. Advisory Panel Meets in Austin

The Advisory Panel of the VR Autism project met on May 10, 2010, at SEDL headquarters in Austin, Texas. Members of the panel include Frank McCamant, chair, Texas Council on Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders; Anna Hundley, executive director, Autism Treatment Centers; Bill Palmer, director, Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation; Don Uchida, executive director, Utah State Office of Rehabilitation; and Susan Foley, research director, Institute for Community Inclusion and Rehabilitation Research and Training Center of Vocational Rehabilitation, University of Massachusetts at Boston.

Due to a family emergency, Don Uchida was represented at the Advisory Panel meeting by Stacey Cummings, program administrator, Utah State Office of Rehabilitation. SEDL staff participating in the meeting included John D. Westbrook, project director; Kathleen Murphy, program associate; and Peter A. de Forest, program specialist. In addition, the meeting included Chad Nye, executive director of the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) at the University of Central Florida.

What Works

A male trainer instructing a female student on using computersEmployment Strategies that Work for Individuals with Autism
VR Autism project staff are working on a systematic review analyzing research literature addressing effective interventions in assisting adults with autism in obtaining employment placements. Staff are conducting the systematic review in association with the Campbell Collaboration (C2), an international research network that produces systematic reviews of the effects of social interventions. C2 has approved the review, which is titled “Effectiveness of Adult Employment Assistance Services for Persons with Autism,” for Title Registration and Protocol. You can review these online at the C2 Library.

A second systematic review addressing effective employment support programs for students with autism is underway as well. This review is also being conducted in association with the C2 and is titled “Pre-graduation School-to-Work Transition Programs for Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders.” The approved Title Registration can be reviewed on the C2 Library Website.

Updates

Carpenter drilling a hole in the wall Woman filling out a job application

Progress at the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities
Our project partner is the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) at the University of Central Florida. CARD's project work includes structuring and organizing the data collected about individuals being served—in particular those individuals receiving support to achieve an employment placement. So far, the CARD staff have served 28 persons with autism spectrum. They are also working with the other CARD programs in Florida to standardize information being collected about persons served and the nature of services provided. CARD’s work will allow us to focus in on which direct services may most be related to successful employment outcomes.

Effective Practices
Project staff will soon begin soliciting nominations for effective practices related to the employment of individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Last year, the staff solicited nominations from state directors of vocational rehabilitation services. This year, we are expanding the process to allow additional groups to make nominations. If you have suggestions about groups to include in the nomination process, send an e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please include the name of the group/organization, their mailing address, their telephone number, their e-mail address, and the name of a contact person (if known).

Judy Wan (LT), Peter de Forest (RT)New Faces
The VR Autism project would like to introduce two new members of the team. Judy Wan is assisting in the development of systematic reviews, and Peter de Forest is assisting in best practice identification and communications.


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The VR-Autism project is funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) in the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS). View full disclaimer