Category Archives: Sheltered Workshops

Missouri Families and Lawmakers Fight to Save Sheltered Workshops

M is for Missouri on the #AtoZChallenge by The Road We've Shared

A new Missouri state resolution reaffirms the state’s support of sheltered workshops after disabled people and their families band together to “protect the right to choose sheltered employment as a valuable work choice.”

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Why Success in Vermont May Not Translate to Other States

An article about Vermont’s closing sheltered workshops has been making the rounds in social media lately.  It’s a very well written piece – but one that has an obvious agenda:  Make people believe that Vermont provides proof that sheltered workshops should be eliminated everywhere.

While I applaud the author for addressing the topic, I have a problem with how it can be (and apparently is being) misconstrued.

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Sheltered Workshops and Light Reading

Hello Friends,

A few days ago President Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.  If you’re interested in a PDF of the bill summary, just let me know and I’ll shoot you a copy.


I wrote a brief post here on The Road We’ve Shared about a month ago about Sheltered Workshops and it can be found here.

This week I  posted a more complete rant, as I lovingly call it, in three parts. 

1)      Why Sheltered Workshops Work?

2)      What Forces People Into Sheltered Workshops?

3)      What is the Answer to the Sheltered Workshop Question?

Well, that’s enough light reading for today J Please do keep us at The Road in the loop of what you know and learn and also please share any way/where you think we should be adding a voice. 

And remember that all points of view are respected and valued here on The Road. 

I guess it’s time for me jump into the sheltered workshops discussion

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Ok – so I’m late to the party. I know. I’ve been watching and chewing and watching and reading and frankly I’m overwhelmed by

1) The conflicting output of regulations from state to state to federal to state
2) The many overgeneralizations about both workshops and the clients who choose this option
3) The lack of compassion for those who actually appreciate the role of
sheltered workshops
4) The lack of communication with those most vulnerable and
5) My own insignificance.

The mandates begun from state to state are similar, but not the same. In my home state of Nebraska, change is still  pulsing under the current and as yet has not crashed upon us. However, now that the federal government is involved, change is more than an undercurrent.

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Perceptions – Sheltered Workshops

How do you view yourself? Perceptions of sheltered workshop

What do you think other peoples’ perception of you is? 

 

You are an important person, the result of a complex mixture of characteristics that combine to form your personality. You have both positive and negative qualities – strengths and weaknesses – as well as personal likes and dislikes. This makes you totally unique and different from everyone else. You belong to the human family and yet you are an individual. You defy simple descriptions and labels because you are more than just a “type of person”. Each of us is convinced of our own worth. We each believe that the world would be changed forever if we were not present, and that is certainly true. We all play our respective roles in life, and without us things could not possibly be the same. These are the perceptions we embrace concerning our own lives.

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Remembering Willowbrook

By Stephanie Holland 
A recent article, Forgetting not an option: Horrors at Willowbrook State School remembered at annual CSI lecture caught my eye for two reasons:

  1. It brought back memories from when I first heard about the beginnings of deinstitutionalization, and
  2. I’ve recently been writing about how I see the similarities between deinstitutionalization and the affect that the Rhode Island decision will have on sheltered workshops.

I feel physically ill

I first heard the name Willobrook as a graduate student in the Disability Studies program at Syracuse University.  During a course taught by Steven J. Taylor, we looked at disability in different media.  It was a tremendous course, taught by a very skilled professor, researcher, and community advocate.   Thinking back on it, I remember my own poor performance as a student.  It was one of my worst.  Watching this video makes the emotional and physical reactions I had to the content come rushing back.  I’m completely aware of WHY I couldn’t bring my A game to this course.  (Trigger warning: This video is painful to watch for anyone, but parents of children with an intellectual disability will find it almost unbearable.)

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Rhode Island is Changing The Road – Sheltered Workshops 

It’s a tiny state really, the smallest there is (area-wise).  Slightly over a million people live there.  A recent story in the Brown Political Review adds some detail to the story that has captured the attention of parents of adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities across the country.
They were recently involved in a DOJ investigation:

A year after the beginning of the judicial investigation, the Justice Department reported that Rhode Island had failed “to comply with the ADA and the minimum steps that [the state] must take to meet its civil rights obligations under the law.” The report found that, despite Rhode Island’s leading role over the last two decades in closing segregated state institutions for DD individuals, the state has violated the rights of these individuals to live meaningful lives and be integrated into their communities.

And now, they’re setting precedent for the whole country.   The question that remains is what happens when the workshops are closed?  How many of the workers will actually find jobs in the community?  How many will languish at home without “meaningful employment?”

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