New Plan Strives To Integrate Employees With Disabilities Into The Workforce

New Plan Strives To Integrate Employees With Disabilities Into The Workforce

The U.S. government on Tuesday established its blueprint for moving American workers with profound disabilities out of low-paying sheltered workshops and other segregated settings into mainstream jobs in the public midst.

 

U.S. Department of Justice officials announced in a morning news conference that they had reached a settlement with the state of Rhode Island that will put 2,000 of its citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities in position to work real jobs with competitive wages.

The Ocean State, resolving violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act with government civil rights lawyers, also will provide training and services to another 1,250 high school students to help them transition into the general workforce over the next 10 years, Justice officials announced.

An estimated 450,000 working Americans with severe disabilities spend their days in sheltered workshops or other jobs, such as nighttime janitorial crews, where they toil out of the public's eyesight.

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