As Sheltered Workshops Close, More Developmentally Disabled Adults Join The Mainstream Workforce
Only 17.5 percent of Americans with disabilities over age 16 are employed, compared with 64.7 percent of the population without disabilities, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. But according to John Dickerson, executive director of the service and advocacy organization Arc of Indiana, there are more opportunities now than ever for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities to find meaningful employment outside of the traditional "sheltered workshop" model. Sound Medicine host Barbara Lewis recently spoke with Dickerson and Michelle Fischer, a young woman who lives with cerebral palsy and hosts a podcast on disability issues for the Arc of Indiana.
Learn more about Michelle Fischer's podcast, A View from My Window