SAFE Program

This study is looking at developing and testing workplace training called The SAFE Program for people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and/or intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The program targets behaviors to increase safety and prevention of airborne diseases such as COVID-19 in the workplace.  The SAFE program will provide training in an easily understood format for those with ASD and/or IDD.  It will focus on teaching specific behaviors to  reduce the risk of acquiring and transmitting COVID-19 and other airborne diseases.  Training will be provided by a Peer Support Specialist with lived experience of ASD and/or IDD. 

COMPLETE: Phase 1, we established proof-of-concept by developing and iteratively refining the SAFE program for AYA with ASD through focus groups, qualitative interviews and innovative commercial marketing techniques to develop highly targeted messages.

IN PROGRESS: Phase 2, we are establishing proof-of-product by implementing, testing, and iteratively refining the SAFE program with 45 AYA with ASD in real-world settings through a peer support model of intervention delivery.

COMING SOON! The SAFE Program Materials and Training Resources.

*Research funded by Field Initiation Project 901FDV0023, Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)