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Individual Placement and Support for People with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Disabilities

Helping people find employment

Individual Placement and Support (IPS) is an evidence-based program designed to help people living with disabilities find meaningful jobs and provide ongoing supports for success. We focus on community jobs that anyone can apply for and that pay at least minimum wage. These jobs include part-time and full-time opportunities.

Choices and decisions about work and support are individualized based on the person’s preferences, strengths, and experiences.

We will continue working with each person to provide individualized supports to maintain employment as long as the client wants the assistance.

Who could benefit from IPS?

Any individual with:

  • An autism spectrum disorder
  • A developmental disability
  • A mild intellectual disability

Participants must be 16 years or older and be interested in receiving support to help find and keep a job.

Many people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) developmental disabilities want to work and have skills, but have difficulty finding a job.

Unemployment and underemployment are real problems for people with developmental disabilities. Those who have jobs work fewer hours and earn less than adults without ASD.

65-80% of adults with ASD are currently unemployed.

What are the benefits of an IPS?

The IPS program will directly benefit people with ASD or developmental disabilities by helping them to find and keep meaningful jobs, which leads to greater satisfaction with life. Every participant has at least weekly contact with the program’s employment coordinator, unless they need or desire less.

The IPS program brings peace of mind to families; knowing their son or daughter is engaged in meaningful employment will likely bring a sense of relief and pride.

In studies of IPS, two-thirds of people in IPS get jobs. They make more money, keep their jobs longer, and work more hours than people in other work and rehab programs. They also have improved mental health and are more satisfied with life.

I feel better when I work. It’s a total consciousness change.


Our team

  • Robert Drake, MD, PhD, is Professor of Health Policy and Clinical Practice at the Dartmouth Institute. Dr. Drake co-developed the IPS Supported Employment model and has studied psychiatric rehabilitation for nearly 40 years.
  • Deborah R. Becker, M.Ed., CRC is Research Senior Associate and Director, International IPS Learning Community, at the IPS Employment Center, the Rockville Institute at Westat. She has more than 34 years of experience developing, researching, training and consulting on IPS, the evidence-based practice of supported employment. She provides consultation and training on vocational rehabilitation and program implementation.
  • Jennifer McLaren, MD, is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Dr. McLaren is the Director of the ASD programs in the Department of Psychiatry at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.
  • Jonathan Lichtenstein, PsyD, MBA, is a pediatric neuropsychologist and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Dr. Lichtenstein is the Director of Pediatric Neuropsychological Services in the Department of Psychiatry at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.
  • Daniel Lynch, MS, MA, BA, is a Patient Employment Advisor with the Department of Psychiatry at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. He has over 25 years of experience in the investment field and has also worked with students and employers on issues related to career development and counselling at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
  • Morghan Farnsworth, BA, is the Employment Coordinator for the Supported Employment Program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. She has been working with individuals with disabilities since 2012.

Contact us

For more information about IPS, including associated fees, contact:

Morghan Farnsworth, Employment Coordinator
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
One Medical Center Drive
Lebanon, NH 03766
(603) 995-6722

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