Individual working in the community
Photo courtesy Ann Marsden

The 1990s: Presumed Employability, Natural Supports, Careers and Self Employment.

During the late 1980s and through the 1990s, supported employment grew in importance. The research showed supported employment was the most effective employment strategy for people with significant disabilities. Individuals who participate in supported employment generally have substantially greater earnings and more community interaction than their counterparts in sheltered workshops. They report increased satisfaction from their work experience, and find it to be economically and socially rewarding.