Civil Rights of Individuals with Disabilities who are Unnecessarily Segregated in Sheltered Workshops

Posted by on Nov 29, 2014

U.S. v. Rhode Island – 1:14-cv-00175 – (D.R.I. 2014)

On April 8, 2014, the United States entered into the nation’s first statewide settlement agreement vindicating the civil rights of individuals with disabilities who are unnecessarily segregated in sheltered workshops and facility-based day programs.  The settlement agreement with the State of Rhode Island resolves the Civil Rights Division’s January 6, 2014 findings, as part of an ADA Olmstead investigation that the State’s day activity service system over-relies on segregated settings, including sheltered workshops and facility-based day programs, to the exclusion of integrated alternatives, such as supported employment and integrated day services