Success in adolescence and adulthood

While we know quite a lot about young children with ASD, much less is known about older children and adults, apart from some basic statistics. For example, we know that many young people with ASD do not go on to tertiary education or apprenticeships after they graduate from school and many adults with ASD do not find work or work only intermittently. We know little of why this is and the factors that would assist young people and adults to complete further education and find and retain a fulfilling job. This is why 'The Autism CRC' (Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism Spectrum Disorders) decided to make research into the needs of young people and adults one of their priorities. OTARC researchers are part of the Autism CRC and the projects under this theme are funded through this initiative.

Current Studies

 

  1. Longitudinal Study of Australian School Leavers with Autism.
    Researchers: Amanda Richdale, Ru Ying Cai, Mirko Uljarević, Lauren Lawson, Rebecca Flower, Alex Haschek & Melanie Muniandy,
    Torbjorn Falkmer (Curtin University), Nick Lennox (The University of Queensland; 2014-2017), Julian Trollor (University of New South Wales), David Harley (University of Queensland; 2017-2021).
    Funding:Autism CRC
  2. Australian longitudinal Study of Adults with Autism.
    Researchers:
    Julian Troller (The University of New South Wales), Nick Lennox (The University of Queensland), Torbjorn Falkmer (Curtin University), Amanda Richdale, Mirko Uljarevic, Lauren Lawson, Rebecca Flower
    Funding: Autism CRC
  3. Finding a place in the workplace and in the community: Development and testing of an Educational Vocational Assessment Protocol (EVAP) and an Integrated Employment Success Tool (IEST).
    Researchers:
    Torbjorn Falkmer (Curtin University), Julian Troller (The University of New South Wales), Nick Lennox (The University of Queensland), Amanda Richdale, Mirko Uljarevic
    Funding: Autism CRC
  4. Tools, strategies and techniques developed to improve the health and wellbeing for adults on the autism spectrum.
    Researchers:
    Nick Lennox (University of Queensland), Julian Troller (University of New South Wales), Torbjorn Falkmer (Curtin University), David Harley, Amanda Richdale, Mirko Uljarevic
    Funding: Autism CRC
  5. Emotion regulation in school leavers with Autism and its relationship with post-school outcomes.
    Researchers: Ru Ying Cai, Amanda Richdale, Mirko Uljarevic & Cheryl Dissanayake

    Funding: Autism CRC
  6. Enhancing successful employment outcomes for people with autism.
    Researchers: Darren Hedley, Cheryl Dissanayake, Amanda Richdale, & Mirko Uljarevic

    Funding: DXC Technology, Departments of Human Services and Defence
  7. Hiring people with Autism: Examining the impact on the person and their workplace.
    Researchers: Darren Hedley, Rebecca Flower
    , Jennifer Spoor, Tim Bartram & Cheryl Dissanayake
    Funding: La Trobe University School of Psychology and Public Health Engagement Income Growth Grants Scheme