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SEDL's vocational rehabilitation service models for individuals with autism spectrum disorders  

For this project, SEDL partners with the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at the University of Central Florida (UCF CARD) to create a knowledge translation initiative to address the growing need for improvement in vocational rehabilitation (VR) and transition services for persons with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). SEDL and UCF CARD conduct a multifaceted set of research activities to identify and document VR and transitional behavior management practices that are linked to employment successes for people with ASDs, to identify factors that are strongly predictive of such success, to study the activities and impact of a statewide VR service provider network, and to document examples of success among individuals with ASDs in long-term employment placements. Research activities include conducting two major systematic reviews, implementation of a rigorous process for identifying and validating VR best practices, a study of the university-based statewide network of CARD centers in Florida, and case studies of individuals with ASDs and their families. Additionally, this project develops and disseminates an array of information products to inform both policy and practice, and to support implementation of best practices in VR settings throughout the US with existing national VR, service provider, advocacy, and research networks. This project is guided by a national advisory panel comprised of representatives from NIDRR-funded research initiatives addressing ASDs, VR professionals, ASDs service providers, and people with ASDs and/or their family members. The project outcomes include new knowledge and understanding, and allow for on-the-ground changes within the VR system, increasing employment among persons with ASDs. Project Status


Funder Department of Education
Fiscal Year Funding $350,000.00
Current Award Period 2008-2013
Project Number H133A080007
Principal Investigator Westbrook, John
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 Southwest Educational Development Corporation
State/Country Texas
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