VCU ASD Career Links

VCU ASD Career Links is a collaborative initiative between VCU and the Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services (DRS). 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.

A brief description of the research projects:

Research Project #1: A Prospective Study of the Relationship between the Amount and Type of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services and the Employment Outcomes of Individuals with ASD (Dr. David Dean)

Research Project #2: A Collaborative Public/Private Employment Training and Placement Model for Transition Age Youth with ASD (Dr. John Kregel, Jennifer McDonough, Dr. Carol Schall) - Project SEARCH Replication

Research Project #3: Identifying Effective Components of a Collaborative Career Planning Model for Individuals with ASD in Postsecondary Education Settings (Liz Getzel)

Research Project #4: ASDATC (Autism Spectrum Disorder Assistive Technology for Cognition) Project: Demonstrating the Effectiveness Handheld Computers as Assistive Technology in Job Support for Individuals with ASD (Dr. Tony Gentry)


If you would like more information on any of the VCU ASD Career Links studies, please contact:

Jennifer McDonough
Project Coordinator

This project is funded by the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project (DRRP) grant #H133B080027 from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR).