1980s: The Continuum Continues.
The Rise of Supported Employment and Assistive Technology.
The Inclusion of People with Severe Disabilities in the World of Work.

Man working at a computer
Photo courtesy Ann Marsden

The 1980s, as with other decades, saw the advance of new ideas and the continuation of older models.

  • Supported employment gained acceptance, federal support and funding.
  • The transition from school to work became a higher priority.
  • Major support for assistive technology began.
  • Most people remain trapped in the continuum.