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Walsh, E., Lydon, H., & Holloway, J.
Behavior Analysis in Practice
An Evaluation of Assistive Technology in Determining Job-SpecificPreference for Adults With Autism and Intellectual Disabilities
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The transition to employment can be difficult for adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and intellectual disabilities (IDs).Currently, a limited number of ASD-specific career-planning tools exist within the literature, creating a challenge in terms ofaccurately identifying jobs that match individual preferences and strengths. This study evaluated the effects of a technology-based prework assessment on job performance among 3 adults with ASD and ID, aged 2021 years prior to beginning supportedemployment. Three job conditions were established: a high-preference, high-skill-match job; a high-preference, low-skill-matchjob; and a low-preference, low-skill-match job. The 3 job conditions were evaluated using an alternating-treatments design withsupported-employment sessions counterbalanced across a 6-week period. The results indicated that the high-preference jobconditions produced higher levels of job performance irrespective of skill match. Implications for future research and practiceare discussed.
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