Asperger and High Functioning Autism Employment Survey

Information Sheet: Please read before continuing with this study

Information Sheet
SUNY Downstate Medical Center
College Health Related Professions
Occupational Therapy Department, Room 728
Health Science Education Building

Asperger and High Functioning Autism Employment Study

We are asking if you would like to participate in a research study. This study is for adults 18 years and older, who have a diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome (AS) or high functioning autism (HFA), and have had at least one paid job.

Why is this research being done?
The purpose of this study is to provide useful information about the current employment status of individuals with AS and HFA, as well as the factors that lead to job success and dissatisfaction.

Who is doing the study?
Dr. Alisha Ohl, professor in the Occupational Therapy Program, and Dr. Mira Grice-Sheff, professor in the School of Public Health, are responsible for this study.

You cannot be in this study if you:
- Are younger than 18 years of age
- You do not have a diagnosis of Asperger’ syndrome or high functioning autism
- You have not held a paid job

What will happen to you if you decide to be in this study?
If you decide to participate in this study, please take the online survey at a time that is convenient to you. The survey takes approximately 20 minutes to complete and will ask you questions about your demographics (e.g., age, gender, diagnosis), and employment experiences. We would like you to answer all questions; however, you may skip any questions that you do not want to answer.

What are the possible risks or benefits of being in the study?
There are no known associated risks or benefits for you from being in this study.

What are your other choices?
The alternative to being in this study is to not participate. Your participation is voluntary. You do not have to be in this research study. You can agree to be in the study now and change your mind later.

If you have any questions or problems, whom can you call?
If you have any questions about this study, you can call Professor Alisha Ohl, PhD, OTR/L at 718 270-7737 or email

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