Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Seeking 'Real Jobs' in Alabama

MONTGOMERY – An advocacy group for the disabled called for the state to phase-out what it called isolating and exploitative workshops and instead spend state dollars helping people with intellectual disabilities to get "real jobs."

Ellen Gillespie, executive director of the Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program, said the workshops, where people with disabilities are grouped together to do work, are supposed to teach job skills.  But in reality, she said, they become a “dead end” where people might spend years doing menial work for less than minimum wage.

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