Sheltered Workshop Eligibility Reduced by Bill in Congress #netde #eduDE

The United States Congress passed a bill on Wednesday, July 9th, to limit the availability for disabled citizens to work in what are called Sheltered Workshops. The entire act is called the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, and it would prohibit any individual 24 years or younger from working a job that pays less than the Federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. Many individuals who works these types of jobs are disabled individuals who may have a hard time finding work elsewhere. The law would require these citizens to obtain vocational rehabilitation training. The agencies that provide these types of services must work with schools to provide this training for disabled citizens called “pre-employment transition services”. These agencies must also use 15% of their federal funding to provide these services for people with disabilities. The bill passed 415 to 6 with both sides coming together, in what has been hailed as a victory by disabled citizen advocates. The bill will need to be signed by President Obama next.

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Kevin Ohlandt

I am a proud parent of a son with Tourette's Syndrome and several other co-morbidities. I write on this blog to educate other parents so they know a bit more about not only special education, but all the really bad things that are happening with public schools in Delaware and the USA. We are all in this together, and if our children aren't able to advocate for themselves it's up to us parents! We need to stop letting companies run our schools, and demand our children get a proper education. Our Departments of Education in our states have become weak with fear from the bullying US DOE, and we need to take back our schools!

One thought on “Sheltered Workshop Eligibility Reduced by Bill in Congress #netde #eduDE”

  1. Reblogged this on Exceptional Delaware and commented:

    President Obama signed this into law today. Another important part of this bill is that is changes who has oversight over some issues of independent living for adults with disabilities. It had been the Department of Education, but now it will be the Department of Health and Human Services. The law will be in effect two years from today, and those currently earning less than minimum wage will be required to attend career training with their state.


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