At the same time, employers continued to gain experience with the employment contributions of people with less severe disabilities. The federal initiative in the 1960s opened many doors. The ARC National On-the-Job Training Project also began in 1964 but really produced results in the 1970s. From 1969 to 1979, it placed 25,000 individuals in competitive employment. Most of the workers were retained by employers who were willing to provide training. In 1987 The Arc's On-The-Job Training Project changed its name to National Employment and Training Program (NETP) in order to reflect its expanded scope. In 1987, the NETP encompassed such activities as supported employment, professional and volunteer training, job development and placement, and more.

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Photo courtesy William Bronston, M.D.