2015 Volume 9 Pages 73-85
Recent research has reported that the number of unemployed youth with autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs) or suspected of ASDs is increasing. Moreover, problems faced by youth with ASDs in remaining employed have been focused. In this study, we accessed websites of regional youth support stations and analyzed information provided by these websites, in order to understand the contemporary situation related to the provision of information by these stations. Information about the provision of support in previous cases, institutional cooperation, upcoming events and the style of consultation, among others were summarized. Results indicated that information on available consultation methods at the stations was displayed on all websites. Of the stations, 18.8% required users to visit stations for consultations. However, characteristics of potential users indicated that email, telephone consultations, and home-visits were more suitable and desirable for them. Other issues including the frequency of updating the websites and information about events for interacting with similar others were also investigated. Based on the results, we have discussed the roles of regional youth support stations in meeting social needs.