The Expansion of Sheltered Day Programs

The expansion of day activity centers and sheltered workshops was aided by the 1963 Mental Retardation Facilities and Community Mental Health Centers Construction Act (P.L. 88-164). The federal government provided financial aid for building community based facilities, including day facilities for people with developmental disabilities and people with mental illness. The 1965 Vocational Rehabilitation Act Amendments (P.L. 89-333) required that vocational rehabilitation services be provided to people with severe disabilities. It allowed extended evaluation periods for persons with developmental disabilities and similar disabilities.

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Photo courtesy William Bronston, M.D.