Employment preparation and application skills support (EPASS) training for youth with autism spectrum disorder

Connie Sung, Assistant Professor; Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education

Jodene Fine, Associate Professor, Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education

The researchers will evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of an eight-week job-readiness skills training program (EPASS program) with a potential placement opportunity. This project aims to provide training for transition-aged individuals with high-functioning autism (HFA) in specific job readiness skills and job-related self-efficacy using interdisciplinary approach and technology-assisted support system.

Results will provide evidence and inform vocational interventions that improve school-to-work transition and employment outcomes of individuals with HFA. Further, through research and practice partnerships among departments at MSU, the researchers plan to extend the impact of the research beyond the project’s life – potentially replicating the EPASS training models to partnering DOCTRID organizations.

RAIND Soft Skills and Employment Readiness Skills Training for Transistion Youth with ASD

Principal Investigators

  1. Connie Sung, Assistant Professor, Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education, Michigan State University

Co-Investigators

  1. June Chen, Hegarty Fellow in the MSU-DOCTRID Program in the Office of Rehabilitation and Disability Studies, Michigan State University

Consultants

  1. Jodene Fine, Assistant Professor, Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education, Michigan State University
  2. John Bell, Associate Professor, Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education, Michigan State University
  3. Angela Hall, Assistant Professor, Human Resources and Labor Relations, Michigan State University
  4. 
Stacy Hickox, Assistant Professor, Human Resources and Labor Relations, Michigan State University