Research on Employment Supports for People with Disabilities: Summary of the Focus Group Findings. C. Supports Used in Securing First Job and in Maintaining Current Employment

In this section we describe the supports that participants found most useful in getting a first job and in maintaining current employment. Among the supports identified, participants spoke at length about health insurance, employer accommodations, and individual motivation. Participants also spoke about SSDI and SSI, in-kind support programs, and support from family and friends. We discuss each of these below. We preface the discussion by presenting information about participants' perceptions of the relative importance of selected supports. This information was collected via the focus group registration form prior to the focus group sessions.