[nfbmi-talk] ri desegrating shelterred sweatshops

joe harcz Comcast joeharcz at comcast.net
Fri Jan 17 12:41:22 UTC 2014

RI to move disabled out of 'segregated' workshops - Connecticut PostCRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island officials are planning to remove thousands of disabled adults from work settings deemed to segregated by the federal

government and place them in jobs and activity programs in the community.


Craig Stenning,

director of the state Department of Behavioral Healthcare,

Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals,

told The Providence Journal (

http://bit.ly/1gU84tf )

that the plan is a major transformation of the system.


A federal

Department of Justice

investigation found that about 3,600 of Rhode Island adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities were unnecessarily segregated in state-licensed

day programs and other settings. The department says many of those adults have the ability and desire to work in the community.


Stenning says the state's goal is to close all "sheltered" workshops for the disabled within three years and place people in the community.




Information from: The Providence Journal,






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