A few weeks ago, there was a "landmark" decision about sheltered workshops that may end up signalling the end to all work opportunities that are deemed exclusive.
Legal actions forced de-institutionalization and inclusion in schools. This IS a good thing - but not appropriate for everyone. Now, states and private companies are afraid of lawsuits and that is hindering their ability to provide services for those who really need them.
We've gotten 21 responses so far and the results are mixed. The survey asks about personal experience and thoughts about whether "sheltered" environments are exploiting our loved ones and should be eliminated. So far, 7 people think yes, they are bad in every sense and better alternatives should be created. However, 14 respondents aren't so sure that this is the way to go.
You Can Help!
" Share your thoughts! Survey on jobs & sheltered workshops for adults with #Downsyndrome "
As we spend some time this month talking about jobs, I hope you'll take a few minutes to complete our survey, share your own experience on our Facebook page, or send us a picture of your son/daughter/loved one at work for our Pinterest Board. If you've got a story to share, let us know and we'll get it posted to our Guest Blog page.
There's LOTS to talk about this month so stay tuned and join the discussion. Let YOUR voice be heard!
And be sure to check out our list of entrepreneurs who have Down syndrome!