Research Opportunities for Young Adults with the Vocational Fit Assessment

Researchers at the University of Florida are conducting a study to improve the VocFit Assessment, a tool designed to help young adults, ages 18-22, with intellectual disabilities find a good job fit. If you are interested in learning more information about this study, please contact the Youth and Young Adult Empowerment, Leadership, and Learning Lab at or 352-273-9365
Research reported in this publication was supported by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute Of Child Health & Human Development of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R01HD092474. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

Are you someone with mild-moderate intellectual disability (ID) or support someone with mild-moderate ID? Our multi-site team including researchers at:

  • Colorado State University
  • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • Temple University
  • University of Florida

We have been funded by the NIH to research the Vocational Fit Assessment (VFA), and we are looking for participants.

The VFA was developed to provide accurate, person-centered measures of work-related interests and adaptive behaviors. To be eligible to participate in this research, participants must be an adult (age 18+) with mild to moderate intellectual disability (who has independent guardianship) in transition to employment and has a proxy reporter (e.g., teacher, parent, job coach, employer) that has supported the participant for in their respective setting for at least one year.

Participants will be asked to complete 3 semi-structured interviews with their proxy reporter and the researcher over the course of 2 years. Each interview which should take approximately 2 hours to complete. Questions will be given to participant dyads two weeks before to allow more time for reading and preparation. At the end of the semi-structured interview, each participant should expect to receive $40.

Please contact the team at: call: 352-273-9365  or

Who can participate? Adults with ID, ages 18-22, who are currently engaged in work activities and a person who knows them well and has been part of their life for over a year (eg. teacher, parent, job coach, employer)
What will you do? Interview partners will provide background information on the adult with intellectual disability and talk about what they are good at or work history

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