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The 1970s: The Readiness Model

Demonstrating Another Way and a Third Stream, Supported Employment

In the 1970s, strong anti-discrimination legislation paved the way for change. While the sheltered options from the 1960s continued to grow, new approaches began to emerge which would open up more options for people with severe disabilities.

Day activity centers gained increasing acceptance.

The concepts of least restrictive environment and "getting ready" for the next less restrictive environment became more important.

New approaches to training and support on the job emerged, especially for people with severe disabilities.

Unpaid work in institutions was successfully challenged.

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People working
Photo courtesy William Bronston, M.D.
People working
Photo courtesy William Bronston, M.D.