Justice Department Enters Interim Settlement Agreement Regarding Segregated Job Placement of Persons With Disabilities


On June 13, 2013, the United States entered a court-enforceable
interim settlement agreement with the State of Rhode Island and the City of Providence
which resolved the Civil Rights Division's findings, as part of an Americans
with Disabilities Act (ADA) Olmstead
investigation, that the State and City have unnecessarily segregated
individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in a
sheltered workshop and segregated day activity service program, and have placed
public school students with I/DD at risk of unnecessary segregation in that
same program. The first-of-its-kind agreement will provide relief to
approximately 200 Rhode Islanders with I/DD who have received services from the
segregated sheltered workshop and day activity service provider Training Thru
Placement, Inc. (TTP), and the Harold A. Birch Vocational Program (Birch), a
special education program which has run a segregated sheltered workshop inside
a Providence high school.

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