September 23, 2011
Push for Integrated Employment
Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin wants government policy to shift toward integrated employment for people with physical/mental challenges rather than sheltered workshops. Harkin’s remarks come two months after activists led senators to delay rules regulating sheltered workshops. He believes integrated employment will signify a “new cutting edge.”
“In the past the default position for people with intellectual disabilities has been sheltered employment. I want to change that default to integrated, supported employment,” Harkin said at a hearing, which is one in a series he’s conducting this year to address physically/mentally employment topics.
Harkin doesn’t want to end sheltered workshops. He wants to promote a new outlook in the workforce. He hopes this idea will benefit people with physical/mentally challenges acquiring their first job.
Opponents of integrated employment state that it’s not right to limit people in sheltered workshops. They believe that this idea gives employers a checklist to screen out employees. This could cause unintentional growth in integrated employment.
Employment movement: http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2011/09/15/senator-integrated-employment/13999/
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