There is lots of evidence about the social and economic benefits when people with intellectual disability work in open employment. People with intellectual disability have a better quality of life and improved physical and mental health.
One reason for this is that earning a fair wage means you have a better standard of living. Another is that developing and using skills makes people feel more important and valued. It also improves how other people see them.
Working in open employment can mean meeting more people, which encourages more social opportunities and more ways to make new friends. It can also help you be more independent.
You don’t have to work full-time to get these benefits. Even working a few hours a week can have great results.