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Project Title

Project Title

Facilitating employment for youth with autism: A replication study of an internship model to identify evidence based practices

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Wehman, Paul

Description

Description

This project is designed to determine the efficacy of a nine-month hospital-based internship intervention for transitioning young adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). This internship program, based on the Project SEARCH model, is currently being tested and evaluated in a randomized clinical trial at two Bon Secours Hospitals in Richmond, Virginia. This project replicates this intervention in two new Virginia hospitals: one in Northern Virginia and one in the Norfolk area. The intervention consists of two components: (1) 900 hours of onsite training over 9 consecutive months at the host hospital site, and (2) training and support provided by employment specialists with expertise in autism, applied behavior analysis, supported employment, and business networking. Data collection focuses on a number of key measures when comparing the outcomes of the youth participating in the randomized clinical trials. First, did the young adults with ASD obtain and retain competitive employment? Second, did they earn a commensurate wage (at least minimum wages) and benefits? Third, how many hours per week were they employed? This project is a collaboration of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services.

Funder

Funder

Department of Education

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

489085

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2012-2016

Strategic Plan Question

Strategic Plan Question

Question 5: Where Can I Turn For Services?

Strategic Plan Objective

Strategic Plan Objective

Yellow dot: Objective has some degree of funding, but less than the recommended amount. 5LB. Test the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of at least four evidence-based services and supports for people with ASD across the spectrum and of all ages living in community settings by 2015. IACC Recommended Budget: $16,700,000 over 5 years.

Project Link

Project Link

Facilitating employment for youth with autism: A replication study of an internship model to identify evidence based practices (External web link)

Institution

Institution

Virginia Commonwealth University

State/Country

State/Country

Virginia

Project Number

Project Number

H133A120140

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Federal

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

Facilitating employment for youth with autism: A replication study of an internship model to identify evidence based practices | 499995 | 2012 | H133A120140
Facilitating employment for youth with autism: A replication study of an internship model to identify evidence based practices | 497639 | 2015 | 90DP0051
Facilitating employment for youth with autism: A replication study of an internship model to identify evidence based practices | 499466 | 2014 | 90DP0051

 
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