Employment for most is not only a pathway to economic self-sufficiency but also social relationships, community credibility, and meaningful activities. Although the rhetoric around the employment of persons with developmental and other significant disabilities has been considerable, the corresponding activity in realizing this rhetoric has not. The rate of employment of such persons has shown little progress over the past decade. Although the economy has been challenging for many, this is not, nor even, the primary reason for the flat to declining rate of employment for this population.

The authors in this special issue of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities offer perspectives from their peer-reviewed articles into the need for change; some of the accomplishments as change has been embraced at the state, local, and individual levels; and a call for embracing more comprehensively the issues of employment for person with disabilities. At...

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