Making It Work: Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Adaptations for Successful Employment

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Objectives of Presentation:

1. Discuss barriers to achieving successful postsecondary employment outcomes for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

2. Identify and describe evidence for adaptations that support individuals in post-secondary employment.

3. Interpret the clinical implications of the presented findings for occupational therapists, clinicians, educators, and researchers.

PICO: For individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), what adaptations effectively support postsecondary employment and/or job specific skills?


• Developed a PICO question, identified databases, search terms, and inclusion and exclusion criteria

• Systematically searched databases using Scopus, ERIC (Ovid), & CINAHL and screened articles by title, abstract and full-text

•23 final articles were critiqued for appraisal using the Law and MacDermid Evaluation of an Intervention Study Form and Guidelines (2014), a single-subject study rating system adapted from the work of Horner et al. (2005), the Letts et al. Qualitative Review Form (2014), and the PEDro Scale (Maher, Sherrington, Herbert, Moseley, & Elkins, 2003).

Presentation: 50 minutes