LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Shuttering ‘sheltered’ workshops ill-advised

Question of the Day

Is it still considered bad form to talk politics during a social gathering?

View results

Proposed federal regulations designed to close down “sheltered” workshops are outrageous (“R.I. to move disabled out of ‘segregated’ workshops,” Web, Jan. 17). The majority of individuals who work in these facilities will not find jobs in private businesses because they cannot produce at expected levels.

These lost jobs will mean lost wages and spending power, and an increased reliance on public assistance. And that’s just the economic impact. Now, factor in human elements such as the loss of a sense of self-worth, sense of accomplishment and feelings of being able to contribute to society, as well as a lost sense of belonging.

There is a place for “sheltered” workshops for those who make the informed choice to work at them.


Green Bay, Wis.

blog comments powered by Disqus
TWT Video Picks
You Might Also Like
  • Maureen McDonnell looks on as her husband, former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, made a statement on Tuesday after the couple was indicted on corruption charges. (associated press)

    PRUDEN: Where have the big-time grifters gone?

  • This photo taken Jan. 9, 2014,  shows New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gesturing as he answers a question during a news conference  at the Statehouse in Trenton.  Christie will propose extending the public school calendar and lengthening the school day in a speech he hopes will help him rebound from an apparent political payback scheme orchestrated by key aides. The early front-runner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination will make a case Tuesday Jan. 14, 2014, that children who spend more time in school graduate better prepared academically, according to excerpts of his State of the State address obtained by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    BRUCE: Bombastic arrogance or humble determination? Chris Christie’s choice

  • ** FILE ** Secretary of State Hillary Rodham testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador J. Chris Stevens and three other Americans. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

    PRUDEN: The question to haunt the West

  • Get Breaking Alerts