• There has been an increase in the percent of total successful closures relying on supported employment, rising from 21.9% in 1991 to 37.5% in 1998.
  • People in extended employment earned less than half the yearly earnings for a supported employment closure. Generally speaking, people in supported employment are earning below poverty-level wages.
  • More in-depth analysis of who is receiving supported employment is needed in order to determine why their employment outcomes are significantly lower than those of people not receiving supported employment services. If, indeed there is more access to competitive employment for people who would have been served in extended employment settings, this is a positive trend. However, the challenge now is to find employment that will yield above-poverty level wages.
individuals working in the community
Photo courtesy Ann Marsden