Federal policy and funding continued to shift in favor of supported employment, at least as an option to be encouraged. The 1992 Amendments to the Rehabilitation Act made some significant changes:

  • A shift to presuming the employability of most individuals with disabilities. State agencies would have to rebut that presumption to exclude someone from eligibility.

  • Provided for choice of services and service providers.

  • Emphasized careers, not just entry jobs.

  • Included natural supports as an "extended service option'" (thus rooting the concept in best practices or quality services).

Individuals in the community
Photo courtesy Ann Marsden