Oregon to Move Away from Sheltered Workshops

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Lesson Title

Oregon to Move Away from Sheltered Workshops

Video title, link and release date

Oregon to Move Away from Sheltered Workshops, May 24, 2013

Video Length

Three minutes, Eleven Seconds

Grade Level

High School


On April 11, 2013, Oregon governor John Kitzhaber issued an executive order stating that the state will stop funding sheltered workshops by 2015 — an order that is the first of its kind in the U.S..

The executive order comes after an intervention by the U.S. Department of Justice in an ongoing class-action lawsuit against the state of Oregon for supporting these workshops.

The class action lawsuit was filed on the basis that Oregon was discriminating by segregating people with disabilities away from the rest of the workplace in these workshops.

With the the funds that are being taken away from the sheltered workshops, the Oregon government will fund new integrated employment opportunities starting in November 2013.

Review Questions

1. What piece of legislation does the class action lawsuit claim that Oregon’s funding of sheltered workshops violates?


2. What new government position does the executive order call for?


3. What is the job description of this new position?


 Freewriting “Journal” Prompt

What about this report do you have questions about?

Do a bit of online research on sheltered workshops. Why do you think the disability community is so outraged about these programs?

What do you want to know more about?

Will is the editor for the Galaxy Awareness and History pages as well as one of our pollsters. He is a sophomore at Seattle University majoring in philosophy. His home is La Crosse Wisconsin.