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Sheltered Workshop To Close, 180 People To Be Matched With Community Jobs And Activities
September 22, 2003


That's what Jean Bowen, executive director for Western Connecticut Association for Human Rights, said about Ability Beyond Disability's plans to close its on-site employment workshop and agency-run day programs.

Over the next year the agency will help match the 180 individuals it currently serves on-site to jobs, recreation and volunteer positions in the towns where they live. According to a story in Sunday's Danbury News-Times, most of those people have not been considered eligible for community employment and activities because of "their mental and physical limitations or the extent of their medical requirements."

"We are absolutely confident that we can develop better services integrated within the community than in a segregated setting, and that’s what folks say they want," said Thomas Fanning, the agency's CEO and president.

"I think it's good to get people out in the community, sure," said Chad Sinanian, the agency's consumer satisfaction advocate. Sinanian, who is on the Danbury Commission for Persons with Disabilities, is also a member of People First, an advocacy group made up of people with developmental disabilities.

"I want the community to accept people with disabilities regardless of the severity of that disability," he said.

Danbury News-Times


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