Monday, 10 November 2014

News and opinion on employment matters

Economic Security and Employment
People with Disability (Australia) E-Bulletin, November 2014
Wage Justice Campaign - PWDA continues to work on wage justice for employees with disability in Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs), previously known as ‘sheltered workshops’ ...

Cafe serves opportunity with coffee
Claire Tyrrell, The West Australian, 7th November 2013
... "I have learnt a lot here. I talk to the customers and serve a lot of food and coffee," Ms Childs said.
Through Uniting Care West's Community Options program, The Warehouse Cafe helps train 20 people with disabilities ...

Vermont closed workshops for people with disabilities; what happened next?
Halle Stockton, PublicSource, 28th September 2014
... The sheltered workshops that are still prevalent in Pennsylvania were shut down in Vermont more than a decade ago. And now, the employment rate of people with developmental disabilities in the New England state is twice the national average ...

Move to shift disabled workers from 'sheltered workshops' to community jobs stirs debate
Mary Spicuzza, Wisconsin State Journal, 28th September 2014
For decades, facilities where people with disabilities do basic jobs while separated from non-disabled workers were praised for providing those with developmental disabilities opportunities to learn skills and build friendships.

But in recent years, increasing numbers of people, including disability rights advocates and federal officials, have raised concerns that many of these nonprofit training programs, known as “sheltered workshops,” keep disabled workers trapped in low-wage jobs — often making $2 to $3 an hour — and fail to help them move on to higher-paying opportunities in the private or public sectors ...


New York Times Wins Disability Reporting Award
Arizona State University, 13th October 2014
A New York Times story about a group of men with intellectual disabilities who worked in servitude for decades has won top honors in the 2014 Katherine Schneider Journalism Award for Excellence in Reporting on Disability ...

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