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Autistic Adults' Priorities for Future Autism Employment Research: Perspectives from the United Kingdom

Davies, Jade, Romualdez, Anna Melissa, Malyan, Danae, Heasman, Brett ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3621-3863, Livesey, Adam, Walker, Amy, Pellicano, Elizabeth ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7246-8003 and Remington, Anna ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4299-8887 (2024) Autistic Adults' Priorities for Future Autism Employment Research: Perspectives from the United Kingdom. Autism in Adulthood, 6 (1). pp. 72-85.

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Background: A growing body of research has sought to understand autistic people's research priorities. Several of these studies have identified employment as a key research priority. Yet, there have been a few attempts to identify specific, actionable priorities within this area.

Methods: Using an online survey, we asked 197 autistic people in the United Kingdom about their priorities for future autism-employment research.

Results: Participants spoke of their challenges in gaining and sustaining meaningful employment and called for researchers to conduct research that results in direct improvements to employment experiences. Regarding their research priorities, participants indicated a need for research covering all aspects of the employment lifecycle from accessing employment to transitioning out of employment. Importantly, participants also discussed how such research should be conducted: with autistic people as co-researchers and ensuring a diverse range of autistic people are listened to.

Conclusion: While much existing autism-employment research appears to align with the priorities outlined in this study, seemingly minimal attention has been paid to later stages of the work lifecycle (e.g., progressing into more senior job roles or transitioning out of work). By identifying disparities between autistic people's priorities and the research being conducted, we can support autistic people to drive the research agenda and ensure autism-employment research positively impacts the community it aims to serve.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1089/aut.2022.0087
School/Department: School of Education, Language and Psychology
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/8013

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