Innovations in Employment Supports: Colorado's State Division for Developmental Disabilities

Between the years of 1985 and 1996 Colorado experienced significant growth in integrated employment for people with mental retardation and developmental disabilities (MR/DD). Several factors were consistently highlighted as contributing to Colorado's employment outcomes during this period. These included:

  • Training and technical assistance on the value of community inclusion and the provision of quality integrated employment.
  • A policy of no new funding for sheltered workshop placements.
  • Fiscal incentives to providers and businesses to encourage integrated employment.
  • Collaboration between the state Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, local Division for Developmental Disabilities (DDD), and Community Centered Boards (CCBs)


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