Rhode Island school for disabled busted running sweat shop

PROVIDENCE, R.I. June 12, 2013 (APP)

the department’s Civil Rights Division sent a letter to Rhode Island’s capital outlining violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act at the Harold H. Birch Vocational School.

The department found disabled students were paid little or nothing while working long hours in a “sheltered workshop” bagging, labeling, collating and assembling jewelry under contracts between the school and private businesses. It also found students were funneled into a similar segregated program after leaving Birch.

Mayor Angel Taveras (tuh-VEHR’-us) says the city shut down the program and is entering into a settlement agreement with the Justice Department. He says he’s also talking with public safety officials about a criminal investigation

Author: disabledaccessdenied

I am a disabled woman who through no fault of my own has wheels under my ass. I rely on the decency and common sense of local, state and federal goverments, as well as the retail community to abide by the disabled access laws and provide adequate ramps, disabled toilets, and not use them as store rooms or broom closets. This blog exists to find the offenders and out them, inform them, and report them if necessary and shame them into doing the right thing when all else fails.

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