Individual working in the community
Photo courtesy Ann Marsden

This began to significantly change with legislative support in the 1990s. But by the end of the 1980s, change was very gradual. In 1990, just over one quarter of the individuals served in integrated employment by community rehabilitation programs (both competitive and supported) were people with severe disabilities. Of those in supported employment services, only 13% were people with severe or profound disabilities. In 1990, 82% of the day and employment services provided by MR/DD agencies were segregated and the number of new individuals entering segregated day and employment services in 1991 was greater than the number entering integrated employment.