The Indiana Institute for Disability and Community's Director David Mank and Teresa Grossi, Director of the Institute's Center on Community Living and Careers, have coauthored an article titled "Employment: Rewards and Investments" featured in the inaugural edition of the Journal "Inclusion," published by American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD).
The article chronicles how supported employment for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities emerged in the 1980's, clearly showing the untapped potential of people to work productively in integrated jobs.
It goes on to discuss that while supported employment has expanded little in the last decade, there is a renewed investment nationwide and in some other countries. These renewed developments include improvements in supported employment methods, interest in funding based on outcomes rather than services, concern about the persistence of segregated workshops, the need for qualified supported employment personnel, investment in Employment First policies in states, the emergence of litigation promoting integrated employment over segregation, renewed investment in transition, investments in other countries, and the increasingly clear voice of self-advocates with intellectual and developmental disabilities calling for community jobs and fair pay.
The article concludes that while there is renewed interest in supported employment, threats remain to further improvement and expansion that must also be addressed.
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