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Intensive training substantially increases the employment rate for young adults with autism according to a new study. The unemployment rate for adults with autism is around 80 percent as reported by the Autism Society of America. In this study, young adults between the ages of 18 and 21 achieved an 87% employment rate after completing a program called “Project Search with Autism Supports.”
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Study participants worked in areas including “cardiac care, wellness, ambulatory surgery and pediatric intensive care units.” The participants worked between 20 and 40 hours per week and received higher rates than minimum wage. “This is the first study of its kind to demonstrate the skills and abilities youth with ASD have and the success they can experience at work,” said Paul H. Wehman, Ph.D., principal investigator of the study according to Medical Xpress. The researchers also found that young adults with ASD needed less support as they gained experience in their positions.
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for “young adults with a variety of developmental disabilities”. Participants work in a business to learn marketable job skills. More information on Project Search is available on its website.
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