In many studies of persons with developmental disabilities, researchers have noted significant benefits for both consumers and taxpayers when consumers move from sheltered work to supported employment (e.g., Rusch, Conley, & McCaughrin, 1993; Wehman, West, & Kane-Johnston, 1997). State developmental disabilities (MR/DD) agencies began providing long-term assistance for supported employment workers with developmental disabilities in the early 1980s. The 1984 Developmental Disabilities Act Amendments helped establish employment services for individuals with MR/DD as a national priority at that time, and then Assistant Secretary of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Madeleine Will also provided critical leadership in developing and promoting the school-to-work transition and supported employment agendas.

In this summary of recent trends in employment services financed by state MR/DD agencies, we report on data emanating from the State of the States in Developmental Disabilities Project (Rizzolo, Hemp, Braddock, & Pomeranz-Essley, 2004...

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