Supreme Court rules some disabled work programs are discriminatory

The Supreme Court ruled that sheltered workshops discriminate against people with disabilities, putting many disabled work programs in New York in jeopardy. New York says

New York hopes to phase out sheltered workshops

New York hopes to phase out sheltered workshops for more integrated work settings. (Credit: News 12 Hudson Valley)

STONY POINT - The Supreme Court ruled that sheltered workshops discriminate against people with disabilities, putting many disabled work programs in New York in jeopardy.

New York says it wants to phase out sheltered workshops and provide more integrated work settings for people with disabilities.

Sue Blanchard, the director of Venture Industries in Stony Point, says she does not think many of her employees are up to working integrated jobs in the community. Venture's workshops could be phased out within the next year.

State Sen. David Carlucci held a forum Monday on how to help New Yorkers with special needs. Carlucci believes asking for input is the best way to help establish policies.

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