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National Forum on Natural Supports

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The concept of natural supports is one that inadvertently developed from more traditional forms of supported employment, as co-workers themselves in a number of companies simply began providing supports for employees with disabilities. Because there is such limited documentation of strategies for building and maintaining natural supports and there are many more questions that have yet to be discussed (such as 'how do we keep the idea of natural supports from becoming yet another service?'), this article can be seen as an initial discussion. There are lots of ideas and comments from individual employees and others about what they feel natural supports are, strategies that have worked so far, policy implications, ideas for more research and how the concept of natural supports will change the nature of the roles of agencies and professionals. Keyword: Employment

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The Employment Network, University of Oregon
Publication Date
1 June 1993
United States

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