[nfbmi-talk] Upcoming Webinar on Sheltered Workshops for Persons with disAbilities

Terry D. Eagle terrydeagle at yahoo.com
Wed Oct 7 17:02:33 UTC 2015



Below is information on a webinar about the Oregon and USDOJ agreement to
end slave labor work by persons with disabilities, and to intergrate those
persons engaged in slave work into community-based employment.


Webinar registration is required at:





Disability, Employment & Lane v. Brown 

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015 

3:00PM - 4:30PM EDT 


On September 8, 2015, the United States entered into a proposed settlement
agreement with the State of Oregon to vindicate the civil rights of
individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) who are
unnecessarily segregated in sheltered workshops, or at risk of such
unnecessary segregation. The settlement agreement with Oregon resolves a
class action lawsuit by private plaintiffs in which the Department of
Justice moved to intervene in May 2013. The lawsuit alleged that the State's
employment service system over-relied on segregated sheltered workshops to
the exclusion of integrated alternatives, such as supported employment
services, and placed individuals, including youth, at risk of entering
sheltered workshops. 


As a result of the proposed settlement, over the next seven years, 1,115
working-age individuals with I/DD, who are currently being served in
segregated sheltered workshops, will have opportunities to work in real jobs
at competitive wages. Additionally, at least 4,900 youth ages 14 - 24 will
receive supported employment services designed to assist them to choose,
prepare for, get, and keep work in a typical work setting. Half of the youth
served will receive, at a minimum, an Individual Plan for Employment through
the State's Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services. Correspondingly,
the State will reduce its reliance on sheltered workshops and implement
policies and capacity-building strategies to improve the employment system
to increase access to competitive integrated employment and the opportunity
for people with I/DD to work the maximum number of hours consistent with
their abilities and preferences. 


Join this webinar to hear directly from representatives from the U.S.
Department of Justice about the elements of the settlement agreement, as
well as from stakeholders in the state of Oregon who will be positively
impacted by these developments. 




U.S. Department of Justice:

Eve Hill, Max Lapertosa, Regina Kline, Sheila Foran 


United Cerebral Palsy Association of Oregon: 

 Ann Coffey 


Other Speakers TBD 



Webinar Registration


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