Researcher receives $2.5M grant to assist young people with intellectual disabilities gain competitive employment
A Virginia Commonwealth University researcher has received a five-year, $2.5 million grant to help young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities – including autism spectrum disorder – to achieve competitive employment based on the individual's choices, interests and skills.
The research grant from the National Institute on Disability Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services was awarded to Katherine Inge, Ph.D., director of the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of People with Physical Disabilities in the VCU School of Education.
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