Integrated employment is a critical goal because it leads to greater economic self-sufficiency, social inclusion, and personal satisfaction. Unfortunately, high schools do not always include integrated employment as a primary goal in the transition plans of students with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Moreover, in some cases sheltered employment is listed as the primary goal.
Migliore, Alberto and Domin, Daria, "Data Note: Setting Higher Employment Expectations for Youth with Intellectual Disabilities" (2011). Data Note Series, Institute for Community Inclusion. 5.