Hours that count: making employment supports work

Hours that count: making employment supports work for Washingtonians with developmental disabilities

Employment supports should empower individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to meet others in the community, discover new potential, develop useful skills and acquire resources to be as independent as possible. 

Disability Rights Washington monitored 14 employment vendors in six counties and met with multiple individuals who receive supported employment during summer 2014. Findings from this monitoring revealed many participants of Washington’s employment programs for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities still live largely isolated lives, work in segregated environments and receive little assistance to advance to integrated or viable employment.  DRW compiled its findings in its report "Hours that Count: Making Employment Supports Work for Washingtonians with Developmental Disabilities". 

Though Washington is recognized as a national employment leader for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, this report does a look-behind of the progressive policies and frameworks to see whether supports actually enhance employment, policy objectives and meaning in an individual’s life.

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