Project Detail
Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) logo
Office of Autism Research Coordination (OARC) logo

Vocational rehabilitation service models for individuals with autism spectrum disorders (VCU ASC Career Links)  

VCU ASD Career Links conducts evidence-based research on vocational rehabilitation (VR) service models for individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). The project is based at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and is a collaborative initiative between VCU and the Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services (DRS). The scope of research covers four areas: (1) the impact of intensive, community-based work experiences on the employment outcomes of youth with ASDs; (2) the postsecondary school participation and ultimate employment of college students with ASDs; (3) the impact of personal digital assistants (PDAs) on the employment outcomes of individuals with ASDs; and (4) a longitudinal analysis of VR service delivery and employment outcomes among DRS clients with ASDs. While the primary target population is persons with ASDs, there is an emphasis on youth and young adults who are unemployed, under-employed, or under-served in postsecondary education. Additionally, this project targets persons from traditionally under-represented populations with diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. This project works collaboratively with four local school districts in the Richmond area and the Faison School for Autism to enroll youth with ASDs into the project. The project also works with colleges and universities throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. Dissemination activities include web casts, fact sheets, evidence-based journal articles, and a toolkit on how to enhance VR employment models for youth with ASDs. Project Status


Funder Department of Education
Fiscal Year Funding $350,000.00
Current Award Period 2008-2013
Project Number H133A080027
Principal Investigator Wehman, Paul
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 6: What Does the Future Hold, Particularly for Adults? (Lifespan)
Subcategory N/A
Strategic Plan Objective Yellow dot: Objective has some degree of funding, but less than the recommended amount. 6SB. Evaluate at least one model, at the state and local level, in which existing programs to assist people with disabilities (e.g., Social Security Administration, Rehabilitation Services Administration) meet the needs of transitioning youth and adults with ASD by 2013. IACC Recommended Budget: $5,000,000 over 3 years.
Federal or Private? Federal
Institution Virginia Commonwealth University
State/Country Virginia
Web Link 1 Vocational rehabilitation service models for individuals with autism spectrum disorders (VCU ASC Career Links) (External web link)
Web Link 2 No URL available.
Web Link 3 No URL available.
New! History/Related Projects Not available at this time. This functionality is experimental.