Original Paper

Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 43, Issue 8, pp 1832-1842

First online:

Factors Associated with Participation in Employment for High School Leavers with Autism

  • Hsu-Min ChiangAffiliated withIntellectual Disability/Autism Program, Department of Health and Behavior Studies, Teachers College, Columbia University Email author 
  • , Ying Kuen CheungAffiliated withDepartment of Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Columbia University
  • , Huacheng LiAffiliated withMeasurement, Evaluation, and Statistics Program, Department of Human Development, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • , Luke Y. TsaiAffiliated withUniversity of Michigan Medical School

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This study aimed to identify the factors associated with participation in employment for high school leavers with autism. A secondary data analysis of the National Longitudinal Transition Study 2 (NLTS2) data was performed. Potential factors were assessed using a weighted multivariate logistic regression. This study found that annual household income, parental education, gender, social skills, whether the child had intellectual disability, whether the child graduated from high school, whether the child received career counseling during high school, and whether the child’s school contacted postsecondary vocational training programs or potential employers were the significant factors associated with participation in employment. These findings may have implications for professionals who provide transition services and post-secondary programs for individuals with autism.


Autism Employment Postsecondary outcome High school leavers Special education Transition