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Adult Autism and Employment: A Guide for Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals

by Scott Standifer, Ph.D.

This guide is an outgrowth of another book, the Handbook of Disabilities (available online at It grew out of a growing awareness of the limitations of the previous handbook entry on Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The updated entry soon grew too large for the handbook and became this report. Although there is an extensive literature on the characteristics and support needs for school-aged children with ASD, to date there is almost no research literature on adults with ASD. What literature exists is almost entirely focused upon "High Functioning Autism" or based on speculative extrapolation of the literature for school-aged children. This guide is an attempt to address this deficit.