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Evaluation of the ACE employment programme: helping employers to make tailored adjustments for their autistic employees. / Lopez, Beatriz; Kargas, Nikolaos; Udell, Julie; Rubin, Tomas; Byrgess, Linda; Drew, Dominic; McDonald, Ian; O'Brien, Ann; Templeton-Mepstead, Karen.

In: Advances in Autism, 05.04.2021, p. 1-14.

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Lopez, B, Kargas, N, Udell, J, Rubin, T, Byrgess, L, Drew, D, McDonald, I, O'Brien, A & Templeton-Mepstead, K 2021, 'Evaluation of the ACE employment programme: helping employers to make tailored adjustments for their autistic employees', Advances in Autism, pp. 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1108/AIA-11-2019-0038

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Lopez, B., Kargas, N., Udell, J., Rubin, T., Byrgess, L., Drew, D., McDonald, I., O'Brien, A., & Templeton-Mepstead, K. (2021). Evaluation of the ACE employment programme: helping employers to make tailored adjustments for their autistic employees. Advances in Autism, 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1108/AIA-11-2019-0038

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Lopez, Beatriz ; Kargas, Nikolaos ; Udell, Julie ; Rubin, Tomas ; Byrgess, Linda ; Drew, Dominic ; McDonald, Ian ; O'Brien, Ann ; Templeton-Mepstead, Karen. / Evaluation of the ACE employment programme: helping employers to make tailored adjustments for their autistic employees. In: Advances in Autism. 2021 ; pp. 1-14.

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