Existing methods of indexing the vocational activities of adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have made significant contributions to research. Nonetheless, they are limited by problems with sensitivity and reliability. We developed an index of vocational and educational outcomes that captures the full range of activities experienced by adults with ASD, and that can be reliably coded across studies using specific decision rules. To develop this index, we used employment, vocational, and educational data collected from nearly 350 adults with ASD at 6 times over 12 years, as part of a larger longitudinal study. The resulting index consists of 11 categories coded on a 9-point scale, ranging from postsecondary educational program and/or competitive employment to no vocational/educational activities.
The Vocational Index Scale:
If you use the Vocational Index, please cite us:
- Taylor, J. L., & Seltzer, M. M. (2012). Developing a vocational index for adults with autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 42(12), 2669-2679. PMID: 22466690, doi:10.1007/s10803-012-1524-x.
- Poster Vocational Activities for Adults with ASD (pdf)
- Taylor, J. L., & Mailick, M. R. (2014). A longitudinal examination of 10-year change in vocational and educational activities for adults with autism spectrum disorders. Developmental Psychology, 50(3), 699. PMID: 24001150, doi:10.1037/a0034297.
- Taylor, J. L., Henninger, N. A., & Mailick, M. R. (2015). Longitudinal patterns of employment and postsecondary education for adults with autism and average-range IQ. Autism, 19(7), 785-793. PMID: 26019306, doi:10.1177/1362361315585643.
- Chan, W., Smith, L. E., Hong, J., Greenberg, J. S., Lounds Taylor, J., & Mailick, M. R. (2018). Factors associated with sustained community employment among adults with autism and co-occurring intellectual disability. Autism, 22(7), 794–803. doi:10.1177/1362361317703760.
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