Earlier this month, the Autism Society participated in a briefing on successful employment outcomes for youth with significant disabilities. The program was hosted by the Collaboration to Promote Self-Determination (CPSD), a coalition of 10 disability organizations, including the Autism Society, that advocate for the "modernization of the federal adult system of services and supports for persons with disabilities". The event coincided with the release of The Implications of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act for Seamless Transition of Youth with Significant Disabilities, a policy brief prepared by Richard G. Luecking, Ed.D. for CPSD.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is studying the services needed by youth and early intervention services for children on the spectrum. The study is commissioned out of the response of Representative Christopher Smith's office who we worked very closely with to make sure this happened. The first part of the GAO study has been released and finds that federal programs provide a variety of intervention services to young children with autism. The second part of the GAO study on services needed by youth with autism who are transitioning to adulthood will be released in August.
The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) wants your input to help identify priority topics for inclusion in the 2016 IACC Strategic Plan for ASD. The new plan will cover research, services and policy issues related to the 7 Questions covered in the IACC Strategic Plan. Click here to submit your comments. The comment period will be open from June 15, 2016 - July 29, 2016.