This report is the fourth in a series on positive relations of typical employment features and coworker involvement with higher wage and integration outcomes for persons in supported employment. Imbedded in the discussion about natural supports in recent years has been the extent and value of coworker participation in the work life of employees with disabilities. Previous studies have illustrated the connection between natural supports and meaningful and satisfying employment outcomes. We investigated specific details associated with coworker training and support and their relation to social and economic outcomes that enable persons with disabilities to succeed economically and socially in inclusive employment.
Preparation of this paper was supported in part by The Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation; the Virginia Common-wealth University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Supported Employment; Grant No. EIN:35-6001673; and the University of Oregon Natural Supports Project. Any opinion expressed in this paper is that of the authors, and no official endorsement is implied. The authors gratefully acknowledge the assistance of Joel Fosha in completing this manuscript.