Employment – Settlement Reached in Oregon over ADA Violations in Employment Services

On September 8, 2015, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it has entered into a proposed settlement agreement with the State of Oregon. The proposed agreement will resolve violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as interpreted by the Supreme Court in Olmstead v. L.C. The agreement will impact more than 7,000 Oregon citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) who can and want to work in community employment. The statewide agreement addresses the rights of people with disabilities to receive state-funded employment services in integrated settings, such as supported employment services provided in typical employment settings, rather than in segregated sheltered workshops.  The agreement also provides relief to transition-age youth at risk of segregation.

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