[nfbmi-talk] doj announces landmark settlement

joe harcz Comcast joeharcz at comcast.net
Tue Apr 8 13:51:06 UTC 2014

Justice Department Reaches Landmark Settlement Agreement with Rhode Island Ensuring Employment and Integrated Day Services for People with Disabilities

The Justice Department announced today that it has entered into the nation’s first statewide settlement agreement vindicating the civil rights of individuals
with disabilities who are unnecessarily segregated in sheltered workshops and facility-based day programs.  The
agreement with the State of Rhode Island
will resolve violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for approximately 3,250 Rhode Islanders with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
 This first-of-its-kind statewide agreement addresses the rights of people with disabilities to receive state-funded employment and daytime services in
integrated settings, such as supported employment and integrated day services, rather than in segregated sheltered workshops and facility-based day programs
with only other people with disabilities.  The agreement also provides relief to transition-age youth at risk of segregation in facility-based programs.
 Under the agreement, transition-age youth will have access to a wide array of transition, vocational rehabilitation, and supported employment services
intended to lead to integrated  employment outcomes after they leave secondary school.  The parties have jointly filed the settlement in federal district
court and have requested that it be entered as a court-enforceable Consent Decree.

For more general information about the Justice Department’s ADA Olmstead enforcement efforts, visit the Civil Rights Division’s
Olmstead: Community Integration for Everyone
website.   To find out more about the ADA, visit Division’s
website or call the toll-free
ADA Information Line
at 800-514-0301 or 800-514-0383 (TDD).
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