Brief report: vocational outcomes for young adults with autism spectrum disorders at six months after virtual reality job interview training

J Autism Dev Disord. 2015 Oct;45(10):3364-9. doi: 10.1007/s10803-015-2470-1.


Young adults with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have low employment rates and job interviewing presents a critical barrier to employment for them. Results from a prior randomized controlled efficacy trial suggested virtual reality job interview training (VR-JIT) improved interviewing skills among trainees with ASD, but not controls with ASD. We conducted a brief survey with 23 of 26 participants from this study to evaluate their vocational outcomes at 6-month follow-up with a focus on whether or not they attained a competitive position (employment or competitive volunteering). Logistic regression indicated VR-JIT trainees had greater odds of attaining a competitive position than controls (OR 7.82, p < 0.05). Initial evidence suggests VR-JIT is a promising intervention that enhances vocational outcomes among young adults with high-functioning ASD.

Keywords: Autism spectrum disorder; Virtual reality training; Vocational outcomes.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder / psychology*
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder / therapy
  • Computer Simulation
  • Employment / psychology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Inservice Training*
  • Male
  • Rehabilitation, Vocational*
  • Social Behavior