Vanderbilt University’s Initiative for Autism, Innovation, and the Workforce serves as the core academic research partner for a community-based partnership, called “the Nashville Model.” Our ultimate purpose is to advance workforce innovation through the employment of autistic adults, with the Nashville Model as our testbed. Initial research and development components include developing a new battery of specialized assessments for identifying autistic capabilities and assistive technologies to support autistic individuals in the workplace; working with employment partners to connect autistic individuals with appropriately matched job opportunities; measuring the business impact that the “autism advantage” truly represents; and developing (with our partners) the Nashville Model — a scalable and replicable community-based approach to employment that includes management/leadership training to adapt to people on the spectrum.

Click here to read Vanderbilt’s article entitled Initiative for Autism Innovation and the Workforce.