Employment has been identified as a priority outcome in federal policy and state employment-first initiatives, and by individuals with IDD. Members of Self Advocates Becoming Empowered have issued a call to increase access to integrated employment and eliminate facility-based work (2009). In many states, the IDD agency and/or statewide advocacy coalitions have developed and implemented employment-first initiatives (State Employment Leadership Network, 2011). However, there is limited data available on the cost of integrated employment services compared to facility-based work services to guide the implementation of these initiatives.
Winsor, Jean E. and Smith, Frank A., "Data Note: State Intellectual and Developmental Disability Agencies' Funding for Employment Services" (2011). Data Note Series, Institute for Community Inclusion. 6.