TheQuest saidShybuffguy, you do not like that people have jumped to a conclusion about something they do not understand, yet you have jumped to a conclusion about people you do not know. What's the difference?
I think you would be better to provide some counterpoints based on your experience.
I used to work for my state's rehabilitation services and we employed some severely disabled at the sheltered workshop.
Here's my understanding:
Most of these employees are not there because of the need of income. They receive social security and other forms of disability. They are there for the experience of working. There wages are based on the thresholds they can make based on their other income sources. If the goal was mainstream employment (like McDonalds), they would be placed with a job coach. However, for whatever the reason they are not employable in the mainstream market (usually severe cognitive limitations or severe behavioral/mental health issues).
Working in a sheltered workshop builds confidence and independence. The news report was mostly propaganda and did not give a balanced viewpoint.
Explain how I jumped to any conclusions about anyone? At the time of my original post, I simply read what was posted at the time. With the exception of your original post, the other posts registered disgust and distrust for a program they had very few real facts about and no understanding of. so, how did I jump to the conclusions about anyone?
For one thing, the OP Metta - posts articles he finds. He does not post specific opinions based on them - it is an opening for discussion. Many times, I have seen him follow-up with additional articles that may demonstrate both sides. Or - others will provide the counterpoints. That is the purpose of a discussion board. Metta's articles are meant to be a springboard to conversation about current topics.
Second, you posted that people aren't interested in reading your counterpoints. That is making an assumption about people that is untrue. In fact, I was interested in seeing your perspective as I know others that posted are. I know because I have interacted with many of these people over the last couple of years.
I'll tell you exactly where I am with this issue and then you can see how many people actually bother to take the time to read what I've written and actually try to understand what I've presented.
Well, even if one person reads and understands your perspective, at the very least you have communicated. Even if people don't comment, it doesn't mean that they didn't read and learn something. Again, you are making an assumption about people you do not even know. Yes, there are going to be people who don't even read or don't get it, but then there are others who work with children with special needs or employ people with various capabilities. Everyone has a different background and experience. We learn from our exchanges with each other. That's what makes it valuable. Criticizing without sharing your knowledge makes you part of the problem, not part of the solution.
I do think you are a very smart and nice guy and have a lot to offer to all of us here if you were only willing to share it. I do wish you the best.