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Sheltered Workshops: Path to Competitive Employment... or Sweatshop for People with Disabilities?

A client of the Occupational Center of Central Kansas assembles steering parts for riding lawnmowers in this sheltered workshop.  (Photo by Bryan Thompson)

For people with developmental disabilities, finding a job can be difficult. Sheltered workshops were created to provide work for them in a setting protected from competition in the marketplace. But some advocates say this system too often traps workers, and exploits them as a source of low-wage labor for employers. Heartland Health Monitor’s Bryan Thompson has more.

Want to learn more? Visit the KHI News Service website.
Bryan Thompson is a reporter for the KHI News Service and a contributor to Heartland Health Monitor.

Sheltered Workshops: Path to Competitive Employment or Sweatshop for People with Disabilities?

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