The President's Committee made note of the irony that people who were working in institutions were somehow seen as incapable of working in the community.  "One of the principal arguments that remains unanswered is why anyone capable of working in an institution cannot be gainfully employed, at least in a sheltered setting." For instance, at least two states, New York and New Jersey, employed significant numbers of former residents at institutions while providing them with transitional living arrangements elsewhere. One of the unanticipated results of the court cases was that many residents were left without work and without individualized treatment programs with vocational training. In other words, they were made idle and not always moved into the community.

people at tables
Photo courtesy William Bronston, M.D.
Wooden stairway
Photo courtesy Hank Bersani Ph.D