Article Details

Research Database: Article Details

Citation:  Wehman, P. (2006). Integrated employment: If not now, when? If not us, who?. Research & Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 31 (2), 122-126.
Title:  Integrated employment: If not now, when? If not us, who?
Authors:  Wehman, P.
Year:  2006
Journal/Publication:  Research & Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities
Publisher:  TASH Publishing
Full text:   
Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  Yes

Structured abstract:

Purpose:  This article is Wehman’s commentary on a study of competitively employed individuals with significant developmental disabilities by Brown, Shiraga, & Kessler (2006). In the study 50 people with significant developmental disabilities were followed for 20 years and their work histories were chronicled.
Findings:  Wehman expresses satisfaction that these individuals were able to have long-term work in competitive employment but dissatisfaction that the group averaged $5.75 per hour and 20 hours per week of work all the while in entry level positions. Wehman notes several key points about this paper: (1) individuals made an effort to keep Social Security benefits as they kept their hours to 20 per week, (2) many of the individuals worked in volunteer positions, (3) the movement from food service to office work by the participants helps to break stereotypes, (4) those who opposed integrated workplaces in the 1970’s and 1980’s were wrong.

Interventions:  Supported employment