Sheltered workshop means an organization or environment that employs people with disabilities separately from others. Sometimes these places do not have to follow the usual laws for businesses. For example, they can pay the workers less than minimum wage.
Australia[change | change source]
Sheltered workshops are often called Australian Disability Enterprises or ADEs. In Australia, employees with intellectual disabilities make up 75% of the ADE workforce.
Canada[change | change source]
In Canada, people are trying to close sheltered workshops. They want people to have supported employment instead. This is when people receive support and help to work a job in the community. They are paid at least minimum wage. For now, many people with intellectual disabilities still work in sheltered workshops. In Canada, most people with intellectual disabilities do not have a job.
Europe[change | change source]
Sheltered workshops are common across Europe.
References[change | change source]
- May-Simera, Charlotte (2018). "Reconsidering Sheltered Workshops in Light of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2006)". Laws. 7: 6. doi:10.3390/laws7010006.
- "Wage Justice Campaign - People with Disability Australia". pwd.org.au. 13 November 2018.
- "easonable Accommodation and Sheltered Workshops for People with Disabilities: Costs and Returns of Investments—Study for the EMPL Committee" (PDF). Directorate General for Internal Policies of the European Parliament, Policy Department A. Economic and Scientific Policy, Employment and Social Affairs. Retrieved 20 January 2023.