The PPMR also recognized the economic implications of people getting real jobs and real incomes.

The economic value of vocational rehabilitation for the retarded is clearly demonstrable. A study of 1,578 mental retardates who were rehabilitated in 1958 estimated that their total annual earnings rose from $70,000 before rehabilitation to $2.5 million after rehabilitation.

Woman and crafts
Photo courtesy William Bronston, M.D