Employment for people with severe disabilities was legitimized in P.L. 99457. However, some states have made more progress than others in helping individuals with disabilities achieve successful employment outcomes. This is the first in a series of publications highlighting the findings from the case studies in three states--New Hampshire, Washington, and Colorado--that have been recognized as high performers in integrated employment. These products are intended to be a practical resource for other states as they work to help people with disabilities obtain and maintain gainful employment.
New Hampshire was identified as a "high-performing" state based on criteria aimed at assessing overall commitment to community inclusion: the percentage of citizens served by the state's mental retardation/developmental disabilities (MR/DD) agency that are in integrated employment and the rate of growth in state provision of integrated employment (Prouty & Lakin, 2000).