Finding a place in the workplace and in the community

The two different but clearly interlinked sub-projects within this project are:

(1) Effective vocational decision making tool development, and

(2) Integrated employment success tool development

Researchers are looking to achieve the following project objectives:

(a) To identify individual strengths and vocational abilities to assist autistic adolescents and adults in vocational decision making, culminating in an educational vocational assessment protocol

(b) To identify key factors required for successful supported and open employment in order to develop an Integrated Employment Success Tool (IEST) that facilitates successful employment outcomes in existing, and yet to be established, jobs

Their research will deliver:

(a) An evidence-based autism specific educational vocational assessment protocol to assist informed decision-making regarding post-secondary education and employment based on an ability profile

(b) An Integrated employment success tool that identifies autism specific factors required for successful employment

(c) The matching of the person’s skills, abilities, and interests with job requirements and determine the workplace support and adaptations required
Project Objectives
The two different but clearly interlinked sub-projects within the Finding a Place in Society research program, viz.: 1) Effective Vocational Decision Making Tool Development and 2) Integrated Employment Success Tool Development have the following project objectives, namely to:  Identify individual strengths and vocational abilities to assist adolescents and adults with ASD in vocational decision making, culminating in an Educational Vocational Assessment Protocol (EVAP);  Identify key factors required for successful supported and open employment in order to develop an Integrated Employment Success Tool (IEST) that facilitates successful employment outcomes in existing and yet to be established jobs Their research will deliver the following outputs:  An evidence-based ASD specific EVAP. It will assist informed decision-making regarding post-secondary education and employment based on an ability profile.  An IEST that identifies ASD specific factors required for successful employment.  Along with the IEST, the EVAP will ensure the matching of the person’s skills, abilities, and interests with job requirements and determine the workplace support and adaptations required.
Project Leader(s)
  • Torbjörn Falkmer, Curtin University
Research Program

Adulthood - Program 3