Excerpt from TwinCities.com: (click for full article)
Workers in wheelchairs swarm around a table, stuffing envelopes.
One man runs in a circle, asking people to tie his shoe. At the next table, workers are prying plastic gaskets out of their casings. A woman is sprawled in an easy chair, sound asleep, her mouth wide open.
Everything about that scene bothers Scott Schifsky.
He and a growing number of advocates say sheltered workshops -- such as the one operated by Achieve Services Inc. in Blaine -- should be abolished. They say it's wrong for people with disabilities to be grouped together to do menial work for less than minimum wage.
"This is a civil rights issue," said Schifsky, program director of The Arc of Minnesota, which advocates for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. "We are segregating a minority class."