Thursday, January 26, 2012

Oregon Sued for Denying Access to Mainstream

  PORTLAND, Ore. -- A federal class action claims Oregon is unnecessarily, and illegally, segregating "thousands" of people with developmental disabilities in "sheltered workshops," and denying them "virtually all contact with non-disabled persons," in the state's employment service system.
Lead plaintiff Paula Lane claims: "Thousands of other similarly situated individuals in the State of Oregon also are unnecessarily segregated because of DHS's [the Department of Human Services] over-reliance on sheltered workshops, and its failure to timely develop and adequately fund integrated employment services, including supported employment programs.

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