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Welfare Reform on the Web (January 2006): Social security - UK - New Deal

An 8 year follow up of a specialist supported employment service for high-ability adults with autism or Asperger syndrome

P. Howlin, J. Alcock and C. Burkin
Autism, vol.9, 2005, p.533-549

Study examines the outcomes of a supported employment service (NAS Prospects) for adults with autism or Asperger syndrome (IQ 60+) over an eight year period.  Approximately 68% of clients found employment.  Of the 192 jobs, the majority were permanent contracts and most involved administrative, technical or computing work.  Individuals supported by Prospects show a rise in salaries, contribute more tax and claim fewer benefits. Satisfaction with the scheme is high among clients, employers and support workers.

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