Working

For people with disabilities in the United States, despite deinstitutionalization, significant legislative advances, and improved public attitudes, the employment rate has not really changed since World War II. Barriers such as discrimination in the workplace and lack of transportation have kept Americans with disabilities lagging behind their nondisabled counterparts. As an exception, some gains occurred with supported employment options for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the 1980s and 90s. Individuals with disabilities who have overcome the obstacles to employment make it evident: There are talents and skills missing from the workforce.

For people with disabilities in the United States, despite deinstitutionalization, significant legislative advances, and improved public attitudes, the employment rate has not really changed since World War II. Barriers such as discrimination in the workplace and lack of transportation have kept Americans with disabilities lagging behind their nondisabled counterparts. As an exception, some gains occurred with supported employment options for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the 1980s and 90s. Individuals with disabilities who have overcome the obstacles to employment make it evident: There are talents and skills missing from the workforce.


Look What He's Doing Now - Patrick Sandy on Life Enhancement Through Supported Employment


“I remember her having a lot of apprehension,” recalls Patrick Sandy of a meeting with a mother on why her son could succeed in supported employment. When her son was born,…


Melody Cooper - "I Want a Career"


"I couldn't see myself making a career standing bagging somebody's groceries," Melody Cooper explains. Starting her employment at Goodwill Industries and then at a Meijer…


The Supported Employment Movement


The supported employment movement, an initiative to expand the opportunities for people with disabilities to find work in their own communities through vocational…