ERIC Number: EJ1074357
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
Brief Report: Vocational Outcomes for Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders at Six Months after Virtual Reality Job Interview Training
Smith, Matthew J.; Fleming, Michael F.; Wright, Michael A.; Losh, Molly; Humm, Laura Boteler; Olsen, Dale; Bell, Morris D.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v45 n10 p3364-3369 Oct 2015
Young adults with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have low employment rates and job interviewing presents a critical barrier to employment for them. Results from a prior randomized controlled efficacy trial suggested virtual reality job interview training (VR-JIT) improved interviewing skills among trainees with ASD, but not controls with ASD. We conducted a brief survey with 23 of 26 participants from this study to evaluate their vocational outcomes at 6-month follow-up with a focus on whether or not they attained a competitive position (employment or competitive volunteering). Logistic regression indicated VR-JIT trainees had greater odds of attaining a competitive position than controls (OR 7.82, p < 0.05). Initial evidence suggests VR-JIT is a promising intervention that enhances vocational outcomes among young adults with high-functioning ASD.
Descriptors: Young Adults, Autism, Employment, Employment Interviews, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Barriers, Volunteers, Regression (Statistics), Intervention, Teaching Methods, Computer Simulation, Outcomes of Education, Control Groups, Surveys
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