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Vocational Rehabilitation Service Models for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders

About the Webcast

This presentation will introduce SEDL's new project on Vocational Rehabilitation Service Models for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The project is a partnership with the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at the University of Central Florida (UCF CARD). It focuses on improving vocational rehabilitation (VR) and transition services for persons with autism and related disorders, which are known as autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). The initiative is important due to the fact that rates of ASD are increasing, while employment rates for people with disabilities are declining. People with ASD experience even lower employment rates than other persons with disabilities.

Project goals include building new knowledge and understanding, on-the-ground changes within the VR system, and increased employment among persons with ASDs. Research activities include conducting two systematic reviews, implementing a rigorous process for identifying and validating vocational rehabilitation best practices, producing cases studies of individuals with ASD and their families, and studying the statewide network of CARD centers in Florida.


This webcast is supported through the National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research (NCDDR), which is funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) in the U.S. Department of Education, and is supported in part by ILRU. The opinions and views expressed are those of the presenters and no endorsement by the funding agency should be inferred.

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