Friday, January 27, 2012

Disability Rights: Sheltered Workshops Are Today’s Institutions

The Oregon chapter of the Cerebral Palsy Association and eight individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities have filed a class-action lawsuit charging that thousands of Oregonians with disabilities are stuck in dead-end “work-activity programs” where they typically make less than the minimum wage. Placement in such programs, in sheltered workshops, is in violation of protections against discrimination under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act.

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