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Although I guess possible on older versions of iOS, until iOS 11, spell checking documents on iOS devices was extremely difficult with the screen reader  Voiceover. Occasionally when browsing around a document if VoiceOver said a word was misspelled you could maybe get suggestions if you happened to be exceptionally lucky. but now with iOS 11, here’s a totally accessible and reproducible process. Previously not being able to reliably spell check documents on iOS was a large frustration for me, and meant that all I could efficiently do on the run was to write rough drafts; having to later correct them on my mac back at home. Experiencing that spell checking was now totally doable on iOS 11, I am more than happy to share what I’ve found. I use the word activate, because there are several ways to progress workflows on iOS devices. Yes, if using only…

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VocalEye Newsletter, February 2018

In this issue:

Happy Valentine’s Dog!

Described Performances and Events:

Feb 11: Forget About Tomorrow at the Belfry

Feb 17: Onegin on tour at the Kay Meek Centre

Feb 18: Jitters at the Arts Club Stanley

Feb 27: Fun Home at the Arts Club Granville Island

Mar 3: Onegin on tour at the Surrey Arts Centre

Mar 17 and 24: Sequence at Presentation House

Community:

• White Cane Week

• Research 

• Save the Rio

Theatre Buddies | Ticket Access | Support | Reminders

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DOG!

This month we celebrate Valentine’s Day, the Year of the Dog and White Cane Week with some sloppy dog kisses, an Open House and lots of exciting described theatre!

For slices of real-life served with breathtaking honesty and humour, check out Forget About Tomorrow at the Belfry and Fun Home at the Arts Club Granville Island. Don’t miss your chance to catch Onegin as it tours to West Van and Surrey. And if your belly needs some laughs, Jitters will give it a workout at the Arts Club Stanley.

VocalEye is always thrilled to partner with Realwheels, but especially so on their upcoming production of Sequence, which stars our very own Amy Amantea playing the role of Dr. Guzman, a research professor who is legally blind. Congratulations, Amy! We can’t wait to describe your performance and this exciting production on March 17 and 24 at 8 pm!

Remember, our Ticket Access Program is designed to lower barriers for VocalEye members in financial need by providing a ticket rebate of 50% on a single ticket, or a free companion rate if a companion is needed. This program is offered for described performances in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland while funds last. Please contact Donna for details: buddies@vocaleye.ca

A separate ticket bursary program is being offered by our awesome friends at the Victoria Society for Blind Arts and Culture for described performances at the Belfry. Different rates and guidelines may apply. Please contact Linda Bartram for details: lbartram@telus.net

You may have noticed that we are offering two described performances of more shows than ever. This includes Mamma Mia coming up at the Arts Club Stanley, described on Sunday June 3 at 2 pm and again on Friday June 8 at 8 pm. As with all popular Arts Club productions, $29 tickets are limited and in demand. Please book early for the best seating options and ticket prices, 604-687-1644.

We are working hard to provide more accessible options so more people can experience live described theatre and events. Let us know what you think. I will have more exciting news for you next month.

Warmly,

Steph

DESCRIBED PERFORMANCES AND EVENTS…

FORGET ABOUT TOMORROW

Forget About Tomorrow, described by Rick Waines on Sunday February 11 at 2 pm at the Belfry Theatre, 1291 Gladstone Avenue, Victoria. VocalEye users are eligible for a discount. Please call 250-385-6815 to purchase. This performance will be followed by a Touch Tour.

“Theatre is a gift that can allow an audience an experience far above mere entertainment, offering a way to examine the human condition, with all its challenges and difficulties. Playwright Jill Daum, who for decades has been entertaining generations of theatre goers with the questions and antics of motherhood as one of the co-creators of the Mom’s The Word series, turns her pen to an intimate and personal story—her husband John Mann’s (Spirit of the West) diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s and the resulting changes within their relationship and family.” read more

The play features two songs written by John Mann especially for Jill’s play. John was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s in 2014 at the age of 53.

“I began writing this play before my husband John publicly announced he had Alzheimer’s. I was attending a workshop, led by the Wet Ink Collective, and was secretly writing scenes about the difficult aspects of my life. Constructing a story about a struggling reluctant caregiver became a pain-relieving release for me. Then John got caught up in the idea of creating a piece of theatre while we were processing his diagnosis. It was the first time in our relationship that we collaborated on a script. Working on the music was as cathartic for him as the words in the play were for me. ” -Jill Daum, Playwright

“beautiful, uncompromising theatre” –Janis Lacouvée

ONEGIN, on Tour

Pronounced “oh-NYAY-gun”, this 10-time Jessie award-winning new musical is touring major cities across Canada. Rick Waines described the show in Victoria last October and will describe it twice on Saturday, February 17 at 2 pm and 8 pm at the Kay Meek Centre, 1700 Mathers Avenue, West Vancouver. Tickets are $29 for VocalEye users, while they last. Please call 604-981-6335 to purchase.

Rick will describe the show for the final time when it comes to the Surrey Arts Centre on Saturday, March 3 at 4 pm, 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey. Tickets are $29 for VocalEye users, while they last. Please call 604-501-5566 to purchase. VocalEye’s new Ticket Access Program provides rebates for those in financial need. Please contact buddies@vocaleye.ca for details.

“Amiel Gladstone and Veda Hille’s contemporary musical, based on Alexander Pushkin’s 19th-century verse novel, does for the dusty Russian love tale what the 1990s Broadway hit Rent did for La Bohème. The Vancouver-based pair draw out the elements of the story that never get old — including the pain of young love, the allure of a bad boy and a lush esthetic. Throw in some rock ’n’ roll, a killer cast and seamless staging, and it’s clear why this production sold out in Vancouver when it premièred last year and swept up a string of Jessie awards.”Times Colonist

“Onegin is one of those rare theatrical moments you do not want to miss. Take advantage of second chances, or go again and fall in yublyu [love] with it all over again”Vancouver Presents

JITTERS

Jitters, a rollicking backstage comedy, described by Eileen Barrett on Sunday February 18 at 2 pm at the Arts Club Stanley, 2750 Granville Street, Vancouver. Tickets are $29 for VocalEye users, while they last. Please call the Box Office to purchase at 604-687-1644. VocalEye’s new Ticket Access Program provides rebates for those in financial need. Please contact buddies@vocaleye.ca for details.

Four actors, a director, a playwright, and one grand dream of Broadway-bound success. Anything from a forgotten line to a faulty wig may just make or break their new Canadian play. Can this motley crew set aside their egos and anxieties in order to make it to the big time? Find out in this raucous comedy that celebrates the ups and downs of life in the theatre.

“Opening night jitters are very real. And in this play, playwright David French has them vibrating at the upper limits of the Richter Scale. Anxiety, desperation, and fear are writ large in this smart and funny play about a group of theatre artists mounting an ill-fated production.

What I like about this comedy is that the characters are wonderfully flawed people—flawed by their insecurities and ego. Yet, they have no sense of entitlement; they are Canadian actors, after all. French makes them dedicated, talented professionals, on the cusp of the ultimate validation: a Broadway run. Of course, what happens next is an actor’s nightmare played out in real time.

We’ve set the play in the year it was first produced, 1979. The fashion lends itself to a level of nostalgia that may not only have you unwittingly longing for corduroy and polyester, but will also remind you of a time when Canadian-made theatre was beginning to flourish. 1979 was, in fact, the year Bill Millerd opened the new Arts Club Theatre on Granville Island, adding a second venue to produce more Canadian content alongside the legendary Seymour Street location.” -David Mackay, director

Ted Roberts’ marvellous set design echoes the old Seymour Street location and the cast of 9 includes many of our favourite Arts Club performers.

“Recommended as an excellent remedy for mid-winter blahs.”Burnaby Now

FUN HOME

Fun Home, described by Eileen Barrett on Tuesday, February 27 at 7:30 pm at the Arts Club Granville Island, 1585 Johnston Street, Vancouver. Tickets are $29 for VocalEye users, while they last. Please call 604-687-1644 to purchase. This performance will be followed by a Talk Back with the cast. VocalEye’s new Ticket Access Program provides rebates for those in financial need. Please contact buddies@vocaleye.ca for details.

Based on the memoir of graphic novelist Alison Bechdel, whose character is portrayed by three performers at different ages: 9, 19 and 43, this new musical stars Sara-Jeanne Hosie, who plays adult Alison. VocalEye users may remember Sara-Jeanne for her practically perfect performance as Mary Poppins, also at the Arts Club.

Alison’s father was many things: a historical preservationist, a funeral home director, a distant parent, and… a closeted gay man. In the struggle to understand her father while also dealing with her own coming out, graphic novelist Alison documents the story of her life in coloured panels. This Tony Award–winning musical memoir is a heartbreaking and fiercely funny journey, punctuated with a refreshing score that frames the curiosity of childhood and the complexities of family.

“A book I wrote has been turned into a musical that’s opening on Broadway. This has been as exciting and as glamorous as you might imagine. But given that my book is about my coming out as a lesbian, my father’s closeted homosexuality, and his likely suicide…there is also a certain dissonance to it.

The “Fun” home of the title is the family funeral home my dad ran. It would be strange enough seeing fictional characters one had created brought to life onstage. But this is my actual family.

Another dissonant thing about the musical has been trying to understand my relationship to it. It’s not mine. I didn’t make it. But it’s my life. The playwright Lisa Kron and the composer Jeanine Tesori worked for years before I saw the script or heard any of the songs.

I guess I had been expecting that a musical version of the book would be a bit artificial – a lighter, arm’s length take on my childhood. I was not prepared for the opposite impact. Here was my distant repressed family brought close. I listened to the score over and over again.

It seemed to get to the emotional heart of things more directly than my book had. And certainly more directly than my parents and I ever had in real life. If you can get some brilliant artists to make a musical about your childhood, I highly recommend it. It’s very cathartic.

My parents met in a play, in college. Mom acted in summer stock and dad was on the theatre’s board of directors. They made regular pilgrimages to Broadway.

I can’t help wondering what they would make of seeing themselves turned into characters on the stage. But of course, if my parents could see the play, there would be no play.

For the occasion, flickering moment, though, I’m able to see past this paradox and imagine them in the audience. They scan the crowd. The house lights go down. My mother and father are rapt, excited to be in the theatre. My impossible wish is that the play can heal them, too.” Alison Bechdel Draws a Fun Home Coda

Fun Fact: the “Bechdel Test” originated as one of Alison’s comic strips titled “The Rule” where one woman explains to another that she only goes to a movie if it satisfies the following requirements:

1 The movie has to have at least two women in it,

2 who talk to each other,

3 about something besides a man.

These criteria have since been hailed by the mainstream as “the standard by which feminist critics judge television, movies, books, and other media”. 

SEQUENCE

Sequence, described by Eileen Barrett twice: on Saturday March 17 at 8 pm and Saturday March 24 at 8 pm at Presentation House, 333 Chesterfield Avenue, North Vancouver. Tickets are priced at $20 for VocalEye users with Promo Code SEQ2018. Please call 604-990-3474 to purchase. VocalEye’s new Ticket Access Program provides rebates for those in financial need. Please contact buddies@vocaleye.ca for details.

This award-winning thriller written by Canadian playwright (and eye surgeon) Arun Larka, explores the interplay between logic and metaphysics, science and faith, luck and probability, determinism and free will through two narratives that intertwine like a fragment of DNA.

A professor confronts a student who has defied probability by taking a multiple-choice exam, only to get every answer – 150 of them – wrong. Meanwhile, the “Luckiest Man Alive” – his status cemented by his uncanny ability to predict the winner of the Super Bowl coin toss for 20 years running – is confronted by a young woman who claims to know his secret.

Starring VocalEye Vice-Chair and The Blind Beader, Amy Amantea as Professor Guzman!

COMMUNITY…

WHITE CANE WEEK OPEN HOUSE

The first week in February is White Cane Week in Canada. White Cane Week was started by the Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB) in 1946. It’s a time when various groups make efforts to raise awareness of resources available to people living with any degree of sight loss as well as provide education to the community.

Celebrate White Cane Week and join us at this free Open House:

Thursday, February 8 from 10 am to 2:30 pm

Park Royal South, Centre Court

Check out the latest technology, assistive devices and resources available to people of all ages who are blind and partially sighted; service providers; peer support; arts, culture and entertainment; braille services; social clubs: recreation opportunities; guide dogs; and gift items. Connect with others living with sight loss, enjoy complimentary snacks and receive a free entry to win a $100 Park Royal gift card.

Stop by the VocalEye table and say hello!

Fellow exhibitors include:

Accessible Media Inc.

BC & Alberta Guide Dogs

BC Blind Sports

The Blind Beader

Blind Beginnings

Camp Bowen Society for the Visually Impaired

Canadian Assistive Technology

Canadian Braille Services

Capilano K9 Collars

CCB BC-Yukon Division

CNIB British Columbia

Leash of Hope Assistance Dogs

North Vancouver District Public Library

Quest Foods

VCC Program for the Visually Impaired and more!

Sighted guides are available to escort those with sight loss from the Park Royal bus stop to the open house space and back (south mall, centre court). Please contact Amy Amantea 604-763-2695 for guides and inquiries.

RESEARCH 

Our colleagues are seeking participants for the following projects:

1) Seeking focus group participants: we are interested in hearing from anyone who has something to say about being blind, vision impaired, low vision, partially blind, partially sighted, etc, and wanting to be part of higher education/academia (as student, faculty, staff, etc). The purpose of the study is to explore your perspective regarding the inclusion of blind people in academia. In particular, we are interested in learning about how blind people build a sense of belonging in academic/higher education environments. Contact Laura Bulk, LBulk@mail.ubc.ca

2) The World Blind Union and the American Council of the Blind (WBU and ACB) are eager to learn more about the use of audio description by people who are blind or have low vision in its member nations, including some of the barriers to its use.

The survey takes 5 minutes to complete and is provided in four languages:

(English) https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6FNQGJ7

(Spanish) https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/6F8BXX2

(French) https://fr.surveymonkey.com/r/6FS2N8M

(Portuguese) https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6F25PP5

Your participation will assist the WBU and the ACB in better understanding the scope of audio description availability around the world.

SAVE THE RIO

The Rio is a fabulous 90 year-old art deco theatre at Broadway and Commercial that’s become a vibrant part of Vancouver’s cultural scene, showcasing first-run feature films, indie films, classic films, local & international films, hosting numerous International Film Festivals as well as a prime venue for live entertainment ranging from top class concerts, burlesque, comedy, improv, spoken word, variety shows and much more.

The building is up for sale, which, in this town, means demolition and redevelopment. The operators are trying to save it and have an online petition going. Deadline to sign is Feb 6. 

VOCALEYE THEATRE BUDDIES…

Theatre Buddies are available to guide VocalEye Members, 18 years of age and up, from a designated meet up location to and from selected theatres. To reserve a Buddy in Vancouver, please contact buddies@vocaleye.ca

In Victoria, contact Linda Bartram at 250-595-5888. Buddies must be arranged 3 days in advance.

VOCALEYE TICKET ACCESS…

VocalEye strives to lower barriers for members in financial need by providing rebates to reduce the price of admission to described shows. Members in Vancouver and the lower mainland can apply for assistance by contacting buddies@vocaleye.ca.

In Victoria, please contact lbartram@telus.net

SUPPORT…

VocalEye is now a registered charity (#80166 6702 RR0001) and able to issue tax deductible receipts for donations of any size. VocalEye’s season supporters are gratefully acknowledged on our website.

 

DONATE HERE

REMINDERS…

• VocalEye’s complete season of described performances can be found on our website

• Tickets and headsets must be reserved by calling the theatre, unless instructed otherwise. 

• Be sure to mention VocalEye when booking your tickets to receive any discounts offered and indicate whether you have partial vision, a guide dog or other seating preferences. Seating options may be limited.

• Arrive early to pick up your equipment so you can be seated in time for a sound check and to listen to our pre-show introduction that includes brief descriptions of the set, characters and costumes. These begin 10 minutes before curtain.

• Our handheld receivers come with a single earpiece that can be worn on the left or right ear, or you can use your own earbuds or headphones. The audio signal is mono, so it will come through on only one side.

• VocalEye Memberships are FREE for people with vision loss.

• VocalEye Members are eligible for Theatre Buddy assistance, ticket discounts and equipment pickup without a deposit. 

• VocalEye newsletters are available in your choice of formats: Plain Text or HTML with images. Both include a link at the top to a simple Word Doc format. 

• Help us spread the word about described performances and arts access for people with vision loss by sharing this newsletter with those in your network.

• VocalEye respects your right to privacy. We will not rent, sell or trade our list. Our mailings are intended to inform you of our events, programs, services and fundraising activities. You may unsubscribe at any time.

Thank you for reading through. See you at the theatre!

Images: Boaz Joseph/Surrey Leader, The Belfry (David Cooper), The Arts Club (David Cooper), Shutterstock and the interwebs

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Lions Clubs of Multiple District 19, January Diabetes Newsletter & Lions Learning Forum Info

Good Day Lions,

 

MD19 would like to share the January Diabetes Newsletter from Tom Smarsh, the  MD19 Diabetes Awareness Chairperson. The Newsletter includes Tips for Older Adults, and helpful resources regarding Diabetes. Please take time to read the important Diabetes information that Tom has shared in the attached Newsletter.

 

MD19 would also like to share information regarding the Lions Learning Forum being held;

 

Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 8 am – 3:30 pm

At Cascadia Technical Academy in Vancouver, WA

Registration can be made online at www.LionsLearningForum.org

 

You can find more information about the Forum in the attached flyer!

 

Thank you for your time,

MD19

4141 W Maplewood Ave.
Bellingham WA 98226
USA

Text of Newsletter follows:

It’s Not Too Late to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

Tips for Older Adults

Take Your First Step Today Did you know that as you get older, you have a greater chance of getting type 2 diabetes? It’s true. You have a greater chance of getting diabetes if you are age 45 or older, are overweight or obese, or have a family history of diabetes.

You can take steps to prevent or delay getting type 2 diabetes.  If you are overweight, losing a modest amount of weight can help.  A modest weight loss for a 200-pound person who wants to prevent, or delay type 2 diabetes is about 10 to 14 pounds. Read this tip sheet to find out how.

Step 1: Eat well to help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.  Taking steps to lose weight can include eating smaller meal portions and choosing healthy foods. Here are a few tips to help you get started with both.  Choose healthy foods. Eat more fruits and vegetables and fewer high-fat foods to help with weight loss.

Choose whole grain foods such as whole wheat bread, crackers, cereals, brown rice, oatmeal, and barley.   Eat a mix of colorful fruits and vegetables.   Choose fish, lean meat, and chicken and turkey without the skin.  Eat foods that have been baked, broiled, or grilled instead of fried.   Drink water instead of juice and regular soda.

Reduce portion sizes. Eat smaller amounts of food to help with weight loss.   Fill half of your plate with fruits and vegetables. Fill one quarter with a lean protein, such as chicken or turkey without the skin or beans. Fill one quarter with a whole grain, such as brown rice or whole wheat pasta.   Share your main dish when eating out or wrap half of it to go.   Eat a small serving of dessert at the end of a healthy meal, but not every day. Sweets and desserts have a lot of fat and sugar.   Eat small amounts of heart-healthy fats. Examples include nuts, seeds, and vegetable oils. For most nuts and seeds without the shell, a small amount would be 1 ounce or a small handful.

Step 2:  Start now to get moving — and have fun. Moving more and sitting less can help you lose weight or stay at a healthy weight. It also can also help you improve your strength and become more flexible. Ask your doctor how you can safely start to be more active.  Find ways to move more every day.  Add more activity each day until you reach at least 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week.     Get off the couch, turn on the music, and dance!    Do not sit for long periods of time.   Stretch and move around during commercial breaks.   Walk around the house while you talk on the phone.    Park your car farther away and walk if it is safe.

Brisk walking is a great way to be active. During a brisk walk, you walk faster than your normal pace. Here are some tips to get you started:   Start with 10 minutes a day if you are not active.    Walk slowly for a few minutes to warm up then increase your speed over time.    Wear walking shoes that fit your feet and provide comfort and support.    Walk in safe places. Some good places for brisk walking include indoor or outdoor walking paths, a shopping mall, and community centers.

Remember to warm up and stretch. Before you start any activity, warm up slowly. Shrug your shoulders, swing your arms or march in place for 3 to 5 minutes before. Stretch after you have been active when your muscles are warm. Do not bounce or stretch so far that it hurts. Step 3:  Get your friends and family involved. Making lifestyle changes can be easier with help from your loved ones.   Offer fruit instead of cookies and chips when your grandkids, friends, and family visit.

 

Show the younger people in your life the dances you enjoy.   Enjoy a walk with friends or family around a park, museum, or zoo.   Go for a swim with a friend. Moving around in water is gentle on your joints.

Step 4: Make a plan. Use this section to plan how you will eat healthy foods and move more. Think about what is important to your health and what changes you are willing and able to make. To get started, choose a goal to work on and decide what steps will help you reach that goal.

 

Take your first steps: 

What’s my goal?   (Example: I want to see if I can walk for 30 minutes, 5 days of the week.)

How will I get started?  (Example: I will walk for 10 minutes after lunch.)

What do I need to get ready?  (Example: I will put my walking shoes where I can see them every day.)

What might get in the way of making this change?  (Example: If it is bad weather, I will walk at the mall.)

How will I reward myself for sticking with my plan?  (Example: If I stick with my plan this week, I will watch a movie.)

Step 5: Find out how insurance coverage can help you prevent type 2 diabetes.          Medicare covers all or some of the costs of certain exams, tests, and check-ups for people who have a greater chance of getting diabetes. Medicare will also cover certain weight loss services and programs.  Other health insurance. Other plans may also cover the costs of certain exams, tests, check-ups, and diabetes prevention programs approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for people who have a greater chance of getting diabetes. Ask your doctor or insurance company what your plan covers.

Things to Remember:    If you are overweight, set a goal to lose a small amount of weight to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.    Make healthy food choices and find ways to reduce your portion sizes.   Let your doctor or health care team know you want to find ways to be active each day. If you have trouble moving, ask about safe ways you can be more active.   Find out what services your health insurance plan covers to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.

To learn more:

National Diabetes Education Program

1-888-693-NDEP (1-888-693-6337) TTY: 1-866-569-1162 http://www.YourDiabetesInfo.org Request a free copy of the Your GAME PLAN to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes booklet. It has charts to help you track the foods you eat and how much you move each day. Diabetes Health Sense: An online library of resources for living well. http://www.YourDiabetesInfo.org/ HealthSense

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

1-800-CDC-INFO  (1-800-232-4636) http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes National Diabetes Prevention Program http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

1-800-MEDICARE  (1-800-633-4227) www.medicare.gov

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse

1-800-860-8747 http://www.diabetes.niddk.nih.gov Weight-control Information Network (WIN)                  1-877-946-4627 www.win.niddk.nih.gov

Weight-control Information Network (WIN) 1-877-946-4627 www.win.niddk.nih.gov

A more completed copy of this newsletter can be accessed at www.lionsclubs.org

 LCI CODE #: IAD 312 10/201

Let’s get all Lions Clubs of MD-19 involved in the prevention and reduction in Diabetes as it is now global initiative of LCI.

Thanks,

Tom Smarsh – – – MD-19 Lions Diabetes Chairperson.

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Jeff Sessions rolls back disability rights at work … and guess what? Rich people benefit.

Jeff Sessions rolls back disability rights at work … and guess what? Rich people benefit.
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Jeff Sessions rolls back disability rights at work … and guess what? Rich people benefit.
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Attorney general and racist Keebler elf Jefferson Sessions gave people with disabilities something worse than a lump of coal for Christmas—he rescinded
10 documents offering guidance on disability rights. One, from 2016,
protected people with disabilities
from exploitation on the job and ensured that they had the chance to move into integrated job settings if able to do so. There’s real money in taking
away these rights, David Perry reports at Pacific Standard:

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Segregated workshops are legally allowed to pay disabled workers
pennies per hour.
They are incredibly lucrative, and often their owners use their wealth to buy political access. But in 2015, a class action suit in Oregon (
Lane v. Brown)
and
a consent decree in Rhode Island
resulted in the new DOJ guidelines: Basically, everyone deserves an opportunity to work in integrated settings. That’s only possible if education systems,
workplaces, and housing providers play by the same sets of rules governing the public and private mechanisms of disability rights work together.
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So repealing the guideline makes it more likely that the wealthy owners of segregated workshops can continue to profit from the labor of underpaid disabled
workers, blocking them from moving toward integrated work.

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Sessions has a well-known
general antipathy to federal enforcement of disability rights,
so he’s the perfect figure to use in rolling back this Olmstead guidance. Here, we merely have to follow the money. As [former deputy assistant attorney
general for the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division Eve] Hill notes, “People who pay people with disabilities below the minimum wage get contracts that pay the
regular fair market value even though they pay below minimum wage.” Many sheltered workshops are extremely profitable enterprises, grossing considerable
income from the work itself,
while presenting themselves to the public as educational or charitable enterprises.
[…]

There’s strong evidence to support the conjecture that the sheltered-workshop lobbyists are behind the latest DOJ move. Numerous people sent me a copy
of a letter from
ACCSES,
an organization that represents a variety of sheltered-workshop providers. They are celebrating. They had lobbied the DOJ to take this document down in
August, and now they feel that Sessions has listened to their concerns and is going to protect their investments. (ACCSES did not respond to requests for
comment.)
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Promoting sub-minimum wage jobs, keeping disabled people from reaching their full potential, and enriching people who profit off of the sub-minimum wage
labor of disabled people? That’s like a Trump administration policy straight from central casting.

 

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