Important settlement under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) – between the U.S. Justice Department and the state of Rhode Island.
The settlement provides that adult workers with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are currently working in segregated, sheltered workshops and facility-based day programs will instead now be able “to work in real [non-segregated] jobs at competitive wages. Additionally, over the next ten years, 1,250 students with I/DD will receive services to help transition into the workforce.”
The agreement results from the Supreme Court’s decision in Olmstead v. L.C, which requires that such persons be served in the most integrated setting appropriate.
This will likely start sweeping into other states. It’s a huge victory for transitioning students and adults with these disabilities.