Worksupport Newsletter

November 2013

Project SEARCH with ASD Supports: A Randomized Clinical Trial to Explore Competitive Employment for 18 to 22 Year-Olds with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Project Search FactIn the first randomized clinical trial to test the effectiveness of a transition to employment treatment model for youth with ASD, a study from Virginia Commonwealth University reported youth with autism between the ages of 18 to 22 achieved employment at 87% in Project SEARCH with Autism Supports, while a control group only achieved employment at 6%.

Previous studies have shown that, despite intensive intervention in special education programs, youth with ASD have poor outcomes related to employment upon graduation from high school. In fact, unemployment and underemployment is a chronic problem for youth with ASD, with unemployment rates varying from 80% to 95%. These findings of poor employment outcomes hold across the spectrum of abilities for youth with ASD. Read the paper

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Grant Writing 101: It's Not Rocket Surgery

Grant Writing

Ms. Venable discusses grant writing by delving into her own experiences and successes of the process. She explains the basic components that every researcher needs to write a competitive grant. In this video, she covers:
- What are your project ideas? 
- Who do you want to fund them?
- Look at award descriptions.
- Discuss sections required in proposals.
- Discuss competitive writing style.
- You be the reviewer

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JVR Journal Article

Employment and workplace accommodation outcomes among participants in a vocational consultation service for people with multiple sclerosis

Unemployment is higher among people with multiple sclerosis (MS) than would be expected and vocational rehabilitation efforts to help people with MS retain or regain employment have been marginally successful. To better understand the role workplace accommodations may play in employment, 41 people with MS who had contacted the Kent State Employment Assistance Center between 10 and 15 years ago were telephoned as part of a program evaluation follow-up and asked about their experience with the accommodations and short term and long term employment outcomes.

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This Clever Add-On Makes Wheelchairs Social

Eye controlled this tablet without touching it!

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

U.S. Department of State's EMPOWER Conference on International Disability Inclusion

Accessible Yoga for the Blind with Microsoft Kinect-based Program

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Events calendar

Nov 11 - Supported Employment for Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury Webcourse

Nov 12 - Bullying and Autism Spectrum Disorder Webcast

Nov 18 - Customized Supported Self-Employment Webcourse

Jan 20 - Real Work for Real Pay for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders


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