Autism & Intellectual Disabilities

Autism & Intellectual Disabilities

Learners Discover Their Career Passions and Interests.

According to NPR, 2/3 of young people with autism had neither a job nor educational plans during the first two years after high school. We’re determined to change this statistic.

Through a dynamic, hands-on approach, learners discover their career passions and interests, gain self-confidence and entry-level job skills. Just read about how this program changed Cory’s life!

Project Discovery Adaptive Curriculum Proves Game-Changer for Student with Autism

Cory has intellectual delays and his communication and abstract thinking skills are often amiss. His mother posed this question with true concern for his future…In middle school, Cory’s teachers saw his aptitude decline. His mother knew that her son did not perform well in traditional education classes listening to teacher-led instruction. Cory liked hands-on activities and learning.

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Students with disabilities must be provided effective, proven career education programs to get them career and life ready. Programs such as the validated and approved Project Discovery support such efforts and are seeing strong, positive outcomes by providing students with dynamic, hands-on career education instruction.

Dr. Spriggs

Autism and Severe Disabilities Expert, University of Kentucky

Career ready and life skills are crucial skills for students with disabilities because their post-school outcomes are not promising—individuals with disabilities are eight times less likely to be gainfully employed than those without disabilities. Individuals with autism are the least likely to become employed as adults.

Dr. Spriggs

Autism and Severe Disabilities Expert, University of Kentucky

Research has shown that participation in vocational training or job-related activities in high school can lead to better post-school outcomes for individuals with autism and other disabilities.

Dr. Spriggs

Autism and Severe Disabilities Expert, University of Kentucky

Opportunities to practice job skills in the classroom before entering the workplace help ensure a better chance for a positive outcome. “

Dr. Spriggs

Autism and Severe Disabilities Expert, University of Kentucky

Dr. Amy Spriggs, Autism and Severe Disabilities Expert, University of Kentucky

Full Research Report

Strategies for Effective Career and Life Education for Individuals with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities

Development Disabilities: Evidence-Based Teaching Strategies Yield Positive Outcomes
“Data clearly demonstrated an increase in both knowledge and skill levels gained across multiple sites for each Project Discovery kit.” — Dr. Amy Spriggs, Autism Expert, University of Kentucky

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