Vocational Fit Assessment and Employment Status in people with Intellectual Disabilities.

What is this study about? 

The Vocational Fit Assessment is a 133-item survey used by transition teams that assesses both the abilities of workers and the demands of the job through a collaborative, data-based, decision-making process.  This study focuses on quantifying the reliability and validity of the Vocational Fit Assessment.  The significance of this research lies in the VFA’s potential to inform employment decisions and interventions and serve as an indicator of employment status among people with intellectual disabilities in transition to employment.  Learn more at the Transition, Employment and Technology (TET) Lab website

Who was eligibility to be in the study?

Eligible Participant were 18 – 22 years and participating in ​10 hours per week of vocational activities through Project Search Services, Special Education Services through the Schools, or Vocational Rehabilitation Services.

What were participants asked to do?

Participants were invited to select an adult (Partner Reporter) they trust who knows what they are like in work situations to participant in 2 hours of interviews at 3 times points over the course of 2 years.  Interviews consisted of responding to questions on several surveys.  Additional surveys were completed by participant and partner reporter independently at their own pace.


2nd and 3rd interviews are still in progress and results are pending.

This research is funded by the NIH through the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.