Congress Limits Sheltered Workshops



Congress Limits Sheltered Workshops

Abilities365 News | 2014-07-21 16:44:14
With a 415 to 6 vote, the U.S. House of Representitives approved the "Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act." The bill prohibits individuals under the age of 25 from working jobs that pay less than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour unless they have already tried vocational rehabilitation service, along with other requirements.

While some advocates argue that this legislation hasn't gone far enough, others think that the bill may do nothing other than take away workforce options from people with disabilities.

Here's the story...

Congress Passes Bill Limiting Sheltered Workshop Eligibility

By Michelle Diament @

A bill that would significantly limit young people with disabilities from entering sheltered workshop programs is headed to President Barack Obama’s desk.

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 415 to 6 Wednesday to approve the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Included in the bill are major changes to the path from school to work for those with disabilities.

Specifically, the measure would prohibit individuals age 24 and younger from working jobs that pay less than the federal minimum of $7.25 per hour unless they first try vocational rehabilitation services, among other requirements.

What’s more, the legislation would require state vocational rehabilitation agencies to work with schools to provide “pre-employment transition services” to all students with disabilities. And, such agencies must allocate a minimum of 15 percent of their federal funding to help individuals with disabilities in transition under the measure.

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