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)