Consistent with the concept of the continuum and the principle of least restrictive environment, through training and skill acquisition, program participants moved through the continuum. The amount of support provided was attached to the setting, not the person. If an individual needed less support, he or she would move to another program location or work environment. Supported employment was being successfully used for people with severe disabilities in some locations. By and large, however, people with severe disabilities were not seen as ready for even supported employment. Supported employment was another step along the continuum for people who required less support.

Individual working in the community
Photo courtesy Ann Marsden