VOR Letter to DOL Supporting Sheltered Workshops & 14(c)
In May, a collaborative of self-advocates, disability "rights" organizations, the National Disabilty Rights Network, and others wrote a letter to the Department of Labor calling for the elimination of 14(c) programs and sheltered workshops for people with I/DD and autism. The people who submitted the all appear to work in competitive employment, professional- or university-based advocacy organizations, or are senior management at agencies that receive federal funding. None were among the cohort of individuals who work in, and benefit from, the opportunities offered by sheltered workshops.
In response, VOR submitted a letter in support of these programs, asking that the DOL clear up the misrepresentations about them and actively support funding them and increasing the number of 14(c) certificates it issues.