Early in life, education and training must prepare them for the world of useful work. And it must prepare them for the world of useful living outside of work.

Parents should be encouraged to accept realistic vocational objectives for their children with developmental disabilities. To do this, it is necessary to inform not only parents, but also persons to whom parents might turn for counsel… These professions should be provided with material dealing with the training and employment of people with developmental disabilities, with the emphasis placed on the innate value of all work whether skilled or unskilled.

Men working with wood
Photo courtesy William Bronston, M.D.