This excellent article was written by Samuel R. Bagenstos, a Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School, and an expert in disability law. He served from 2009 – 2011 at the United States Department of Justice where he was the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights.
This article appeared in Issue 35, Winter 2014, of Democracy Journal and details the history of special education services and employment support services for individuals with disabilities in the United States.
An excerpt: “The cliff is a human tragedy and a fiscal drag. More importantly, it represents this nation’s betrayal of its promise of integration. Children and young adults with intellectual disabilities spend the first two decades of their lives preparing to be full members of the community. We should not break that promise just as it is about to be achieved. A guarantee of supported employment services would help to keep that promise.”
To read the full article go to: Democracy Journal