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Those involved in the care and/or study of those with disabilities, as well as the disabled themselves.

Introduction, Background, and History: Why Work? Employment Outcomes of People with Disabilities in America
Introduction, background, and history: Why work? Employment outcomes of people with disabilities in America

“Work keeps us from three great evils: boredom, vice, and poverty.”

—Voltaire, Candide, 1759

“What we do is a large part of what we are.”

—Alan Ryan, British political philosopher, 1996
Introduction: Why Work?
Importance of Employment and Work

Our view of work and the jobs we do has evolved from Voltaire's articulation of work as a means to avert moral defect and starvation to Ryan's definition of work as effectively defining one's identity or core being. Today, to a large extent, we are what we “do.” This evolving emphasis on work has not bypassed people with disabilities. Improving employment outcomes for persons ...

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