Program 3 aims to improve opportunities for people on the autism spectrum to successfully participate in higher education and employment, and identify best practice in physical and mental health management. Only 1% of all research into autism is focused on post school outcomes but with 2,500 to 3,000 school leavers in Australia on the spectrum, it is an area where much can be done. There has never been such a multi-faceted, collaborative research effort focused on improving the physical and mental wellbeing of adults with autism. Developing national protocols will give clear guidance to peopleon the spectrum, their families and the health professionals who assist them.

 
 

Before Autism CRC

Beyond Autism CRC

  • Little support post-school.
  • Lack of life skills and vocational options.
  • Escalating isolation and mental health problems.
  • Limited community participation and access.
  • Very low employment rate.
  • School leavers are assisted in making meaningful vocational choices and gaining sustainable employment through Autism CRC evidence-based tools.
  • Tertiary education staff are skilled in providing assistance and support to students with autism to transition successfully into tertiary education.
  • Adults with autism participate meaningfully in community life.
  • Adults with autism enjoy enhanced mental and physical health.
  • Adults with autism have improved economic status.

 

Projects

This longitudinal study is one of two comprehensive studies of Australian adults with autism. This study will follow 160 young adults/school leaver with autism over four years. It aims to identify and describe the unique profiles of Australian school leavers with autism.
This project will transfer the STEP-A vocational tool into an online platform to automatically match personal attributes to education and career pathways.
People with autism have a very high rate of unemployment or underemployment. By developing the Successful Transition to Employment Protocol - Autism Spectrum Conditions (STEP-A) and the Integrated Employment Success Tool (IEST) we aim to help more people with autism find paid employment and therefore improve their overall wellbeing.
This project aims to enhance health and wellbeing in adults with autism and their families. It focuses on the identification and management by general practitioners, psychiatrists and other mental health professionals, of the physical and mental health issues frequently associated with autism.
The aim of this study is to address community mobility challenges experienced by young adults on the autism spectrum by developing a technology solution and other resources to improve access to and use of public transportation for young adults on the spectrum.
The aim of this project is to address community mobility challenges experienced by young adults on the spectrum by designing, pilot testing and evaluating the feasibility, appropriateness and effectiveness of an autism-specific driver training package in supporting learner drivers to obtain a driver’s licence and maintain on-road safety.
This project will undertake two interlinked research studies. Study one will develop, implement and evaluate a peer mentoring program for young adults with autism in higher education. Study one is now complete and resources can be found here. Study two will develop computer-based social-emotional training intervention with a brain-computer interface.
This project aimed to understand the most effective methods of recruitment and retention of adults for autism research. This project is now complete.
Studio G aims to pair young adults with autism with skilled mentors who have industry experience in multimedia. In this way, participants can increase their level of social engagement and develop their technical and social skills in a self-directed, team environment.
This project will develop a program to assist academic and professional staff to better understand and accommodate the needs of tertiary students on the autism spectrum.
This longitudinal study is one of two comprehensive studies of Australian adults with autism. This study will follow 160 adults with autism, 25 years or older, over four years and document outcomes on productivity, physical and mental health, well-being, and societal participation. This study is recruiting participants now - contact autismcrc@unsw.edu.au for more information.
This project will utilise big data sets to answer important questions about the health, wellbeing and health service use of people on the spectrum. By addressing current knowledge gaps, this research aims to improve care and health outcomes for adults on the spectrum.