The economics of supported employment: What new data tell us

Robert Evert Cimera
2012 Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation  
This paper reviews the literature on the economics of supported employment. By comparing results from research conducted prior to, and after, 2000, several important findings were identified. The first was that individuals with disabilities fare better financially from working in the community than in sheltered workshops, regardless of their disability. This is especially true given that the relative wages earned by supported employees have increased 31.2% since the 1980s while the wages earned
more » ... by sheltered employees have decreased 40.6% during the same period. Further, supported employment appears to be more cost-effective than sheltered workshops over the entire "employment cycle" and returns a net benefit to taxpayers.
doi:10.3233/jvr-2012-0604 fatcat:euwyirljqbetxpcuyomwabukxi