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Chuck Sipe- Letter to the News Journal Editor RE: Sheltered Workshop Article

Loved ones deserve input

With regard to the recent article by Beth Miller on sheltered workshops, I’d like to take this opportunity to voice my complete support for the expansion of options and opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

At the same time, one of our core values is “choice,” and we will strongly advocate for the individual’s right to choose the environments in which he or she works and lives.

Those of us who work with people with intellectual disabilities or have family members with disabilities get very nervous when others begin to suggest that they know what is best for our loved ones. Regardless of what changes are proposed, it is imperative that the voices of individuals with intellectual disabilities and their loved ones are heard and that the individuals we love and serve always have a choice.

Chuck Sipe

Newark

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