This report identifies factors that led to Colorado’s success in helping people with ID/DD achieve integrated employment, followed by changes that led to a decline, and initiatives subsequently put into place to improve attainment of integrated employment for this population. Factors contributing to positive employment outcomes included (1) training and technical assistance on the value of community inclusion and quality integrated employment, (2) a policy of no new funding for sheltered workshop placements, (3) fiscal incentives to providers and businesses encouraging integrated employment, and (4) collaboration among state agencies and community boards.
Winsor, J. E., Butterworth, J., et al. (2005). Innovations in Employment Supports: Colorado’s State Division of Developmental Services. Boston, Institute of Community Inclusion.