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State wants to reduce role of sheltered workshops for adults with disabilities

Tue,04/09/2019 - 11:26am

Rosie Hickman’s gloved hands deftly threaded the ends of a black plastic strap through a thin metal buckle. Through, over, and back again.  She threw the completed piece into a box, pausing just long enough to chat with a visitor before picking up the next roll. Through, over, back. Repeat.  “I love my job,” she said. “I love the buckles.”

Hickman has been attaching buckles and performing other simple tasks for more than three decades as a client of Associated Production Services Inc., a Lower Southampton nonprofit that provides vocational training to adults with disabilities. But now, APS officials fear that work may be coming to an end, leaving folks like Hickman with no place to go.