KTER Center Technical Brief #2: Benefits of Supported Employment for Workers with Intellectual Disabilities
Tech brief - March 2012
Some researchers in the 1980s suggested that individuals with intellectual disabilities do not benefit economically from being competitively employed (Brickey & Campbell, 1981; Lam, 1986). One concern that still is held today by many individuals with disabilities is that working will result in reduced financial resources due to loss of government benefits. In 2010, Cimera examined the employment outcomes for individuals with intellectual disabilities to determine if there are greater monetary benefits than costs associated with their employment. This brief will present an overview of Cimera's research, The National Cost-Efficiency of Supported Employees with Intellectual Disabilities: The worker's perspective.