To Bridge the Gap (Exerpt)

Narartor: Here in The Hague, they have found that they should use a variety of contracts so that they don't become too dependent on any one industry. If they use lose one contract the workshop does not close down.

One of their biggest activities was manufacturing tennis shoes. And this boy who is both cerebral palsied and mentally retarded turned out hundreds of these upper parts of tennis shoes each day. And they also found that they had fewer personnel accidents with the mentally retarded, handicapped people. Besides the tennis shoe manufacturing operation and the workshops in The Hague, they had television assembly sub shops, and some of the, again, severely retarded—it was found—could do quite complicated TV wiring. True, they used peg boards and color guides and had to be carefully trained, but they did do an excellent job.