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Bringing Sheltered Workers Into The Light


Oregonians who have worked in sheltered workshops will now be able to move into mainstream jobs. 

The settlement of a court case against the state under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) will undo the decades-long system of separate, and unequal, job sites for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

Disability Rights Oregon was a party to the lawsuit in federal court.  DRO Executive Director Bob Joondeph visits the Exchange with details on the settlement and the way ahead.  Living Opportunities CEO Emilie Wylde visits, too.

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.