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Doubly Disabled in Life - New York Times Op Ed

Thu,10/22/2015 - 05:44am

Americans with intellectual and developmental disabilities historically have been shuttled far from society’s mainstream into segregated lives and workplace serfdom, earning wages as low as pennies per hour for the most repetitive and menial jobs. The Supreme Court in 1999 pronounced this kind of treatment a civil rights violation under the Americans With Disabilities Act, but abuse and isolation from society have continued to this day. But it's a new day in Rhode Island with a landmark settlement that will put integrated employment in the community as the first and obvious choice for people with disabilities.