The DHHS report, as was the case with the President's Panel in 1954, underscored the economic and personal benefits of employment.

If people with disabilities are to fully access and be a part of their communities, they must have the opportunity to work. Work is so essential that without it people with disabilities often face isolation and segregation from the very communities in which they wish to participate. The dignity, responsibility and economic independence resulting from gainful employment is the most effective way of reducing dependency on public benefits, enhancing self-reliance, changing attitudes and promoting community acceptance of people with disabilities.

Individuals working in the community
Photo courtesy Sherie Wallace