Many states are moving away from pre-vocational services and sheltered workshops for the intellectually disabled. Arguments against sheltered workshops are that they isolate people with disabilities from the community and limits competitive employment opportunities that pay higher wages. Although these are legitimate concerns, I feel that sheltered workshops still have a place and are beneficial to our consumers. Sheltered workshops provide a place for individuals who would like to work but are not quite ready for competitive employment. Sheltered workshops also prepare individuals for the transition to competitive employment in a more supervised setting. There are some advantages to sheltered workshops and they should still be considered as an option for the disabled.
Provides a Sense of Pride- Sheltered work environments provide a sense of pride because they are a part of a service to the community. Many sheltered workshops produce goods and products that we use every day. Vocational programs for the disabled complete many job tasks we take for granted such as producing labels and assembling kits for cable and equipment companies.
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