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The 1980s was the decade in which supported employment became firmly established. Several federal laws gave credence to the concept and provided funding for its implementation. By the end of the decade, Paul Wehman states there were supported employment programs in all 50 states in the United States. Three thousand programs offered supported employment options. One million people were still involved in sheltered day programs, and 100,000 were involved in supported employment. At the beginning of the decade, only 10,000 people had been involved in supported employment.