The Underachievement of Supported Employment: A Call for Reinvestment

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Discusses the supported employment initiative, created by the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 1984. Those who feel the initiative has not achieved its goals point to the questionable quality of integration and employment outcomes, dissatisfaction of self-advocates, limited access for severely disabled persons, barriers to replacing segregated programs, continuation of the continuum of services, and slowing rate of expansion in supported employment. Possible reasons for a lack of systemic change are an underestimation of the current system, conflicting policies, limited incentives for change, and an underreliance on community. Recommendations to improve employment opportunities for disabled persons focus on eradicating state and national policy confounds, expanding investment with employers, and putting more control into the hands of disabled persons. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)

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