Supporting Transitions: Additional Resources

Supporting Transitions: Additional Resources



Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR) assists individuals with disabilities to achieve and maintain employment and to support independent living through training, education, rehabilitation, and career development.


SEDL | Vocational Rehabilitation Service Models for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders


SEDL is a nonprofit education research, development, and dissemination organization and a project focusing on vocational rehabilitation service models for individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Through its dissemination activities, SEDL supports a variety of methods to share information through their web site, webcasts, effective program profiles, user-friendly summaries, electronic newsletters, and reports of research.




This SEDL guide discusses the results of a study and outlines effective practices of VR vendors. It is also available in PDF format with a link on the first page.




Autism Now provides statistics on employment participation vary widely in how well they can identify specific groups such as people with autism spectrum disorders. Their goal is to provide an overview of some of the information that is available about participation in the labor market and factors that influence participation.


Madison House


The Madison House Autism Foundation, based in Maryland, is dedicated to creating awareness of the lifespan challenges autistic adults and their families face. They offer assistive programs for housing, arts, university, healthcare, horsemanship and advocacy.


Kessler Foundation National Employment & Disability Survey (2015)


“This new survey will help us gain insight into what strategies work and do not work for improving employment outcomes for this talented population. Survey results will inform the disability field as it strives to develop innovative and sustainable approaches to improving employment opportunities.” –Elaine E. Katz, senior vice president of Grants and Communications at the Kessler Foundation


Autism Speaks Employment Toolkit


The Autism Speaks Employment Toolkit is the culmination of a process that began with the Autism Speaks Employment Think Tank in June 2012, which captured the current state of employment for adults with autism. From that, they collected advice, stories, best practice data, tips and resources which they are happy to share with you.


New York State Education Department


The New York State Education Department is part of the University of the State of New York (USNY), one of the most complete, interconnected systems of educational services in the United States. Their mission is to raise the knowledge, skill, and opportunity of all the people in New York. Our vision is to provide leadership for a system that yields the best educated people in the world.




CUNY LEADS is a unique academic and career program for students with disabilities at the City University of New York. This exciting program is free of charge for all eligible candidates and available on all CUNY campuses.




This is the New York State network of young people who have been labeled and are seeking change. Through peer-to-peer mentoring, they empower young people to be active citizens, aware of government operations, their rights and the ability to use their voices to influence policies, practices, regulation and law.  This organization aims to ensure that young people get the support they need with the respect and dignity they deserve.


Think College


This national organization is dedicated to developing, expanding, and improving inclusive higher education options for people with intellectual disability. With a commitment to equity and excellence, Think College supports evidence-based and student centered research and practice by generating and sharing knowledge, guiding institutional change, informing public policy, and engaging with students, professionals and families.


Felicity House

This is a non-clinical program just for women with autism. “We know there’s no such thing as ‘one size fits all,’ so we do our best to tailor our program menu to fit the needs of each individual woman. We support and guide you to use the resources at Felicity House in a way that best meets your needs. Felicity House will always be completely free of charge.”

New York Makes Work Pay

“All people can work. New York State, in partnership with the whole community, will exercise leadership to advance prospects for employment and economic self-sufficiency of all individuals with disabilities. Resources will be directed or redirected to realize this vision of integrated competitive employment.”  Below are important links to incentives.

Learn about hiring / tax incentives

Learn about employer incentives


Autism Society | Legal Resources


This organization is the country’s leading grassroots autism organization which aims to improve the lives of all affected by autism. They offer a helpful legal overview here.


New York Lawyers for Public Interest


NYLPI’s Disability Justice Program strives, in partnership with individuals and communities, to achieve equality of opportunity, dignity and independence for people with disabilities in New York City, with a focus on eliminating barriers facing underserved communities.


The Advocates for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Clinic


This is a law school legal clinic at Brooklyn Law School that provides free civil legal services for individuals over 18 with an intellectual or developmental disability in Brooklyn without regard to income.




Why Some Companies Are Trying to Hire More People on the Autism Spectrum

By Bourree Lam for The Atlantic

This article highlights big companies that are recognizing “neurodiverse” individuals as assets and are developing supportive ways to train new employees.


Employer Benefits and Cost of Employing a Person with a Disability
By Joseph Graffama, Kaye Smitha, Alison Shinkfieldb and Udo Polzina at the Institute of Disability Studies, Deakin University, Burwood, Vic, Australia, School of Psychology, Deakin University, Burwood, Vic, Australia,


This paper discusses the benefits to employers of hiring a person with disability and outlines a study that investigated such benefits to employers.


Microsoft Wants Autistic Coders
By Vauhini Vara  for Fast Company September 6, 2016  


Microsoft has a new program with the goal of helping those on the spectrum get hired coding for them. This article examines the issues and rewards in adjusting the hiring process to achieve this goal.  


Young Adults With Autism More Likely To Be Unemployed, Isolated
By Maanvi Singh for the Public Health section of National Public Radio April 21, 2015, Study: Roux, Anne M., Shattuck, Paul T., Rast, Jessica E., Rava, Julianna A., and Anderson, Kristy, A.  National Autism Indicators Report: Transition into Young Adulthood. Philadelphia, PA: Life Course Outcomes Research Program, A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, Drexel University, 2015,  


Adults with autism have lower employment rates and higher rates of complete social isolation than people with other disabilities.


How These 4 Major Companies Are Tackling The Autism Unemployment Rate
By Joseph Erbentraut, a senior reporter at The Huffington Post, May 7, 2015


This article gives great examples of the work several major companies are doing to foster workplaces that are inclusive of people with ASD.


Top 10 reasons to hire an applicant with a developmental disability
By the New York City Office For People With Developmental Disabilities


Hiring a qualified worker with a disability makes good business sense and employers explain how these attributes have sold them on employing a qualified worker with a disability.


Corporate Financial Incentives | Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

By the New York City Office For People With Developmental Disabilities

This article briefly discusses a variety of potential financial incentives that your business may be able to utilize when you employ people with disabilities.


Why firms are increasingly hiring employees on the spectrum
By Ronald Alsop, British Broadcasting Corporation – January 7, 2016


Employers are seeing the potential benefits of hiring individuals with autism, especially for jobs that require the ability to concentrate on long, repetitive tasks, retention of large amounts of information, a knack for detecting patterns, or strong mathematics and coding skills.


Governor Cuomo Announces $2.4 Million in Funding to Support Employment of Individuals with Disabilities
By the Governor’s Press Office – March 8, 2016


$2.4 million has been distributed to 100 organizations that provide employment services to individuals with disabilities via the New York State Employment Services System.


Federal Proposal Calls For Disability Hiring Quota
By Shaun Heasley from Disability Scoop – February 25, 2016


The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has proposed a new rule that would require federal agencies to work toward a 12 percent workforce representation rate for people with disabilities and a 2 percent representation rate for those with targeted or severe conditions including intellectual disabilities.


Employment Dips For Those With Disabilities
By Shaun Heasley from Disability Scoop – March 4, 2016


Despite strong overall hiring, the number of Americans with disabilities on the job took a slide in 2016, federal data indicates.


TIME to act on real employment for people with disabilities
By Tom Ridge from The Hill, chairman of the National Organization on Disability – May 18, 2016


Mr. Ridge argues that, “[m]uch work needs to be done to give all Americans, including those who have disabilities, a chance to have the financial freedom and security we all desire.”


Companies find hiring autistic employees has vast benefits
By Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz Chicago Tribune – June 10, 2016


This article illustrates the positive effects of embracing autism in the workplace.

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