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Supported employment: a decade of rapid growth and impact.

by Wehman, P., Revell, G., & Kregel, J.

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Supported employment was initiated through the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1986 specifically to assist persons with the most significant disabilities to successfully achieve and retain competitive employment. This study reports the results of a 10-year effort to chart the growth of supported employment in areas such as the number and disability profile of participants, consumer outcomes, funding mechanisms, and program expenditures. The costs and outcomes for supported employment and sheltered employment are also compared. Strategies are presented to expand the utilization of supported employment and thereby increase employment opportunities available for persons with the most significant disabilities.


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