VCU ASD Career Links is a collaborative initiative between VCU and the Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services (DRS). In this project we are examining: a) a longitudinal analysis of VR service delivery and employment outcomes among DRS clients with ASD; b) the impact of intensive community-based work experiences on the employment outcomes of youth with ASD c) the postsecondary school participation and ultimate employment of college students with ASD; and d) the impact of personal digital assistants (PDAs) on the employment outcomes of individuals with ASD.
The primary target population for this research is individuals with ASD, with an emphasis on youth and young adults. Our project is working collaboratively with four local school districts in the Richmond area and the Faison School for Autism who will enroll youth with ASD into the project. The project is also working with colleges and universities throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.