H.R. 5587, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, is legislation that would support career and technical education (CTE) programs and help students with autism gain skills necessary for employment by reauthorizing the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006. The U.S. House of Representatives approved of the legislation 405-5 and the bill is now being considered by the U.S. Senate. Increased support services for and access to CTE programs can help address the unmet needs of transition-age youth with autism and serve as a pathway to the skills needed for employment. Approximately 500,000 youth with autism will enter into adulthood over the next ten years. Over one-third of young adults with autism never get a job or continue education after high school. CTE and work-based learning programs consistently result in successful employment outcomes for students with disabilities.
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