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Autism Services

The DARS Autism Services program helps individuals on the autism spectrum prepare for the world of work through a comprehensive model that incorporates effective VR practices, evidence based services, meaningful collaboration, and access to providers with essential expertise, knowledge and skills for working with persons with autism.

When it comes to maintaining a workforce that includes people with disabilities, the most successful employment settings take advantage of individuals' strengths and abilities while simultaneously supporting them in areas where they are challenged. Our innovative model promotes a team-based process that is uniquely tailored for individuals with autism. The result is a program designed around strengths and needs that promotes success at work and builds pathways to self-sufficiency and independence.

The team-based model includes the designated ASME, assistive technology expert, and agency vendors of Supported Employment, Community Support Services, and Therapeutic Behavior Services. A template of tools is available to guide you through the assessment, planning, and service coordination process and to promote consistency of processes across all regions and offices. This includes a digital community-based assessment and planning tool to help with identifying strengths, interests, abilities, and challenges across multiple domains, as well as recommendations for services and supports.

Want to learn more about this topic?

The Office of Disability Employment Policy provides an overview about what autism is, as well as resources for employers, individuals, service providers, policymakers, and youth.

Flow-chart style graphic explaining the Autism Service Model. There is a downloadable version available below this graphic.

You can also download an accessible Microsoft Word version of the graphic.

Success Stories of Employees and Clients with Autism

For more information about this program, and to learn about current offerings and services, please contact:
Richard Kriner, DARS Autism Program Coordinator, DARS Central Office