Evaluation of the ACE employment programme: helping employers to make tailored adjustments for their autistic employees
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Design/methodology/approach: In Study 1, 16 (20%) carers, 17 (21%) practitioners and 47 (59%) autistic adults who had been or were currently employed, answered a survey regarding barriers at work. Study 2 evaluates the efficacy of a set of profiling assessment tools (PA) developed to help employers make individually-tailored adjustments for their autistic employees by delivering an employment programme consisting of 15, 8-week work placements.
Findings: In Study 1, only 25% of autistic adults reported having had adjustments in the workplace and all groups reported this as the main barrier – alongside employers’ lack of understanding. Two sets of results demonstrate the efficacy of the PA tools in addressing this barrier. First, a comparative cost simulation revealed a cost-saving in terms of on-job support of £6.67 per participant per hour worked relative to published data from another programme. Second, 83% of autistic employees reported having had the right adjustments at work.
Research limitations/implications: This is an exploratory study that did not include a comparison group. Hence, it was not possible to evaluate the efficacy of the PA tools relative to a standard employment programme intervention, nor to assess cost reduction, which currently is only estimated from already available published data.
Practical implications: Overall the findings from these studies demonstrate that the time invested in the high-quality assessment of the profile of autistic employees results in saving costs over time and better outcomes.
Originality/value: The originality of the Autism Centre for Employment programme resides in that, unlike other programmes, it shifts the focus from helping autistic employees to helping their employers.
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||Advances in Autism|
|Publication status||Published - 5 Apr 2021|
Rights statement: López, B., Kargas, N., Udell, J., Rubín, T., Burgess, L., Dew, D., McDonald, I., O’Brien, A. and Templeton-Mepstead, K. (2021), "Evaluation of the ACE employment programme: helping employers to make tailored adjustments for their autistic employees", Advances in Autism, Advances in Autism, Vol. 7 No. 1, pp. 3-15. https://doi.org/10.1108/AIA-11-2019-0038. Copyright © 2021, Emerald Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
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